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Gender transition: 2 Kabul girls become boys

Gender transition: 2 Kabul girls become boys

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Jun 23, 2019 - 11:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two teenage girls -- 14-year-old Amina and 12-year-old Madina -- from the Chehilastun area of Kabul have became boys.

Amina has since changed her name to Ihsanullah and Madina to Latfullah. They say their male characteristics caused their friends and teachers to tease them. Other girls also stayed away from them.

In an exclusive talk with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ihsanullah said: “Hair on my face and other male characteristic prompted my classmates to look at me with suspicion. At times, they would harass us, a situation that made us lose out interest in studies.”

“While always sitting on back benches in the classroom, we would often cover our faces with headscarves,” he explained.

He added some of girls raised the issue with the school administration and teachers to stop them from coming to school.

However, they were happy about the gender change and said they had been studying in the eighth class in their area,

They left their previous school two months after the growth of hair on their faces and harassment from classmates.

“Not only we were harassed at school and in the market but we also could not attend any event because everyone raised questions that also upset our family,” Ihsanullah explained.

Latfullah held a similar view and said: “Previously, we were six sisters and my mother always yearned for twin sons. After our gender transition, we are now three brothers.”

Dr. Mohammad Dawood Nazari, a general surgeon at the Awsta Hospital, confirmed the teenagers were undergoing treatment under his guidance.

He told Pajhwok one of the reasons behind such problems was marriage between relatives. Use of tobacco by mothers during pregnancy and climate effects could also be such issues.

Nazari said the boys could get married like other men. Boys with such characteristics should get treatment as early as possible to avoid facing problem in future.

sa/mud

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