Supreme Court Issues Notice on PIL Safeguarding Rights of Intersex Children

Supreme Court notices PIL protecting intersex children's rights, citing concerns over unregulated surgeries and lack of recognition as voters in India.

The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud alongside Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, issued a notice to the Central government regarding a PIL filed by Gopi Shankar M against the Union of India. This PIL seeks to safeguard the rights of intersex children.

Intersex individuals, possessing both male and female biological traits, challenge the conventional binary notions of gender. The bench specifically directed the notice to the Central government and solicited assistance from Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati.

Gopi Shankar M's plea emphasized the vulnerability of intersex children to unregulated sex-change surgeries. These procedures, often carried out without proper oversight, could be considered punishable offenses in other jurisdictions. The petitioner highlighted the urgent need for legal protection to prevent such medical interventions.

Moreover, the plea underscored the lack of recognition of intersex individuals as voters in India. This omission reflects a broader societal neglect of their rights and identity within the country.