Intersex youth’s search for acceptance continues

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06/20/2021

The son of a poor shoemaker in Lahore, 22-year-old Muhammad Waqas continues to fight the stigma surrounding his intersex condition. The youth was reportedly born with diphallia, a rare genetic condition. The variation in the youth’s physical characteristics at birth made him an intersex individual. Owing to the social stigma surrounding the uncommon genitalia, people around the differently-abled man often regard his genetic condition as a ‘unique disease’. The father of the differently-abled youth, Ghulam Rasool, also demanded government support for the treatment of his son. The condition had existed since his childhood and his family was also fighting social stigma. The youth’s family also seeks treatment, if any, for him.

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