Doctor implicated in enforced surgery in India granted bail

May 15, 2009

Flag of IndiaLast month I wrote (link here) about a news report which asserted that a retired doctor in India may have carried out anything up to 50 GRS procedures on boys who were then trafficked into prostitution.

A later report suggested that the original report may well have exaggerated the numbers involved and that the real story seemed likely to be about just one kidnapped boy who was then subjected to enforced surgery and trafficking, and not 50. That’s not to play down the horrific ordeal the one youth is likely to have undergone, merely to point out the media’s apparent invention of statistics to back up its scaremongering and demonising of trans people.

So it’s interesting to read a follow-up report in the Times of India (link here) which states that the gang alleged to have been behind this scheme have been granted bail by the court:

A total of 11 transgenders and a doctor, arrested in connection with the abduction and sex-change surgery of a Chennai boy, will soon walk out of jails, as a sessions court here has granted them bail.

First additional sessions judge K Sampath granted the transgenders and doctor Nagannan of Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, and asked them to execute a personal bond for Rs 10,000 and furnish two sureties each for a like sum. They were also directed to appear before the CB-CID as and when required for inquiry.

According to the CB-CID, which investigated the case, one Vinodh was abducted from his home in Chennai and was made to undergo sex change surgery in Andhra Pradesh. His name too was changed to Trisha.

The prosecution said Nagannan, as an educated person, was aware of the surgery and that innocent victims such as Vinodh were pushed into prostitution or begging by their abductors. The doctor was an active partner in the crime syndicate, it alleged. He also faced similar cases in Karnataka.

All the 12 succeeded in getting bail after their two earlier attempts to obtain a favourable order failed.

The emphasis of the case seems to be on bringing the so-called “crime syndicate” to justice while the fate of the boy (or possibly boys; it seems the doctor faces similar charges elsewhere) who was abducted, given enforced surgery and trafficked into prostitution is not deemed worth mentioning. One wonders if the youth has been given any support at all.

The whole case is deeply disturbing and the way it’s been handled – effectively setting free the alleged perpetrators – makes me wonder if they will just carry on as before, knowing that they can simply buy themselves out of any possible future court cases, and to hell with the consequences of their actions on their victims. And that surely isn’t justice.

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