While solely 19 transgender folks, together with 11 trans ladies, acquired the help in 2018-19, the variety of beneficiaries rose to 83, together with 41 trans ladies, in 2021-22 to date. Of the whole of 191 transgender individuals who acquired the help from 2018, 127 are trans ladies and 64, trans males.
The division offers a reimbursement of Rs 2.5 lakh for trans ladies and Rs 5 lakh for trans males after the surgical procedure. Those in the transgender group stated the variety of folks going for female-to-male transition is fewer as a result of surgical complexities concerned and concern of rejection from household and abuse on the streets.
“The surgery to transition to male from female is expensive as well as more complex, which includes phalloplasty where a penis is constructed. In fact, there are hundreds who want a transition from female to male but they are scared of abuse from the society and worry about their future,” stated Hrithik M, a trans man.
Authorities stated although society’s method in direction of transgender folks has been altering no research have been carried out to search out out why the variety of trans ladies has been larger than trans males.
Besides proposing to make sure the psychological and bodily health of these present process sex-change surgeries, the division additionally advises counselling periods for six months earlier than and after the surgical procedure.
Shyama S Prabha, venture coordinator of transgender cell stated that the absence of professional medical doctors and protocols poses a critical hurdle in gender reassignment surgeries.
“The state has initiated procedures to formulate protocols for conducting such surgeries in hospitals in the future. Other than collecting a consent letter from the patient and a fitness certificate from a psychiatrist, no other protocols are followed in the hospitals in Kerala. Many develop post-surgical complications,” she stated, including that the federal government is planning to conduct a examine into problems that come up after such surgeries.