National Medical Commission forbids conversion therapy | India News


CHENNAI: Any doctor found engaged in conversion therapy — a controversial gender and sexual reorientation practice often slammed as pseudoscience — is liable to be prosecuted for professional misconduct, the National Medical Commission (NMC) told the Madras high court.
The council made its stand clear while making a submission on a recommendation by a committee constituted to modify the MBBS syllabus so that medical students could be sensitised to the sexual orientations of people belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.
The committee had been appointed in adherence to a directive issued by Justice N Anand Venkatesh.
“In the recommendations, the committee made it very clear that any attempt/ interventions to change the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of a person, which is commonly referred to as conversion therapy, should be construed as a professional misconduct on the part of the medical professionals under the Indian Medical Council, Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics Regulation, 2002,” said Justice Anand Venkatesh. The court added: “In view of the same, there shall be a direction to NMC to immediately circulate the report of the expert committee and the recommendations made to all state medical councils across the country.”
The state medical council, wherever it is vested with the power of taking disciplinary action for professional misconduct, can take note of the recommendations of the expert committee and proceed with action against the medical professional concerned, it said.
The court also said that, suo motu, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council as a respondent and also directed it to ensure compliance with the panel’s recommendation.
The hearing was adjourned to April 8 for reporting compliance.
The court’s order came on a plea by a lesbian couple, alleging harassment by the police and their parents.





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