LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday sought doctor’s advice on gender-change surgery in a petition filed by a mother seeking legal permission for operation of her 24-year old daughter.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order on a petition moved by Shama Begum, the mother of Shama Rafique, seeking permission for gender-change surgery.

The petitioner through her counsel stated that her daughter was experiencing extremely painful bouts owing to her changing gynaecological features. Shama was admitted to a hospital where doctors conducted several medical examination tests.

The mother told the court that several ultrasound and examination confirmed that her daughter was undergoing sexual transition and needed urgent care.

But when, the petitioner said, she requested the doctors to change her gender they refused to do so fearing legal action against them.

She requested the court to direct Punjab health secretary to ensure smooth transition of her daughter to a boy. She said ultrasound report has indicated several proofs for changing her gender.

“It is necessary for my daughter that she undergoes sex-reassignment surgery, as the doctors have confirmed that she is losing her female reproductive features,” Shama Begum told the judge.

Sex reassignment is a surgical procedure by which a transgender person’s physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered of their identified gender.

However, a law officer maintained that ultrasound reports attached with the petition do not clarify that it suggested sex change. At this, CJ Shah asked the petitioner’s counsel to present written recommendations of the doctor suggesting the required surgery.

On the counsel request, the court granted him time to submit the doctor’s recommendations in the court. The hearing was adjourned until Nov 24.