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In a first, woman seeks sex change in UAE

The new Medical Liability Law that came into effect earlier this month allows for sex change operations on medical grounds. (Image source: Pixabay) Photograph: (Others)

WION Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates Sep 20, 2016, 10.22 AM (IST)
A woman seeks sex change in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in what is the first demand of such kind in the region.

The 29-year-old Emirati woman sought leave to have a sex change operation following an amended law that legalised gender reassignment surgery earlier this month.

Lawyer Ali al-Mansouri told Gulf News the woman always felt strongly that she was not the gender she physically appeared to be.

"Ever since she was three, the woman felt instead that she is actually a male. She would have an intense desire to have a male body and to be accepted by others as a male and would feel her true identity is male," he told the paper.

"She has been undergoing physical and psychological care since 2012 and a medical commission had recommended that she undergo a sex-change surgery,” he added.

The court said it would hear the case on September 28.

The new Medical Liability Law that came into effect earlier this month allows for sex change operations on medical grounds.

"The surgical procedure... is permitted if it is part of a treatment for gender dysphoria in transgender people, as advised by a medical commission to be set up for this purpose," the law says.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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