“As soon as he could walk and talk, he knew that he wanted to be a boy, and look how happy he is today,” his mother said.
Doctors say more parents, even from poor, remote areas, are bringing their offspring for treatment, resisting social pressures to hand their children over to eunuch communities or mistakenly raise them as the wrong gender.
However, many prefer the terms "intersex" or "intersexed" (to avoid conflation with "heterosexual", "homosexual", "transsexual" etc.).
In medicine, "Hermaphroditism" was official nomenclature until after World War II, followed by "Intersex".
Most victims comply in silence, occasional (mostly) local media fall-out notwithstanding.They tell you if it’s a boy or a girl,” said Zubeda, Ali’s mother, requesting their real names not be used.