Ananya Gosain 25 August 2021
To answer your query I would begin with the NALSA Judgement where the Supreme Court emphasized that self-identification of gender identity should be without the requirement of any kind of medical intervention. It was held that no one shall be forced to undergo medical procedures, including sterilization, hormonal therapy, as a requirement for legal recognition of their gender identity
The right to bodily integrity as an aspect of the fundamental right to life includes the freedom to make decisions about one’s body. and this includes refusing medical treatment or intervention of any kind. The right to privacy, dignity, and bodily integrity is an elaboration of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution and has been elaborated to include the right to refuse participation in any medical treatment or method
The medical model needs to be rejected because it fails to describe a vast portion of the trans community, and thereby precludes many gender-non-conforming individuals from getting access to legal rights. It is also faulty because many trans people have no desire to undergo hormone therapy or surgery.
Hope this helps
minakshi bindhani 10 October 2021