Muhammad Tayyeb

PESHAWAR: A girl in Peshawar has approached the Peshawar High Court (PHC) to change her gender and name in the official record.

The girl says she wants to change her gender through a medical procedure to help her poor parents who are living under extreme poverty.

The girl has filed the petition through her lawyer Saifullah Mohib Kakakhel Advocate and made the Federation of Pakistan, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and directors of three major hospitals of Peshawar as respondents.

The petitioner said she is living a life like a male from childhood. She said she belongs to a poor family and her father is a farmer. She said she likes to wear male dresses and play cricket. She said she also rides a bike for traveling.

The girl said she wants to change her gender and become a boy to help her poor parents by searching a job for her. She said she cannot search many jobs being a girl as girls in our society face a lot of difficulties in every field of life. She said girls often face harassment at workplace and it is difficult for them to support their families. Keeping all these factors in view, the girl said she wants to change her gender through a medical procedure. She said the doctor has advised her to approach the court before the surgery to avoid any legal issues.

The girl said she has approached the court to avoid any legal consequences for change of her gender. She has prayed the court to issue orders for change of her gender through a free of cost surgery and change of her name in official record. She said she cannot pay expenses for the surgery that is why she wants the court to issue orders for free of cost surgery.

Meanwhile, the PHC Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth inaugurated a Research Centre at the court.

The Research Centre will prepare updates of case law from foreign/international jurisdictions besides studying and analyzing case laws of national jurisdiction. The Information Technology (IT) Wing of the PHC in coordination with the Cell will work for developing maintaining and improving the database regularly.