A woman from Assam has approached the St George Hospital, Mumbai for a sex-change operation.
The woman is employed with the electricity board of Assam, as per a report filed by Mid-Day.
The Mid-Day stated that the woman underwent the initial diagnosis on Thursday at the hospital and left for Assam on Friday. The woman cites Lalit Salve as her inspiration. A 29-year old police constable, Salve fought a long and hard battle to have a gender correction surgery.
The St George Hospital has now asked the woman to get the Assam government’s nod for the operation as she is a government employee, according to Mid-Day. She needs to get medical leave for at least a month for the procedure and counseling, as per reports.
The St George Hospital is a multi-speciality hospital near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in the Fort district of Mumbai.
The woman told Mid-Day that she “never felt like a girl inside”.
“Lalit’s story gave me the strength to come forward. I belong to a village where people don’ even know about genital reconstruction or sex change. I am 36 years old now and people often ask me about marriage but I cannot consider it as I was confused about my gender. I thank my relatives for always supporting me,” the woman told Mid-Day.
The woman’s X-ray report shows a completely formed genitals.