April 3, 2006

Fed up of being women, five Saudis change sex

RIYADH (Reuters) - Five Saudi women have undergone sex
change operations because they developed a psychologic complex
in the male-dominated Muslim society, a newspaper reported on

Al Watan newspaper quoted psychology expert Mohamed
Abdelmawjoud as saying the operations took place over a year's
period. Authorities did not bother any of them, according to
the report.

An interior ministry official told the paper such cases are
examined by religious authorities, and sometimes by
psychologists, but never get arrested.

But a senior cleric said authorities have to fill a legal
vacuum by issuing laws against sex change operations.

Saudi Arabia adopts an austere form of Islam, which
requires women to cover up in public and bans them from driving
or going out unaccompanied by a male relative.