The UN says as many as 1.7% of the world have intersex traits – that’s the same as the number of people with red hair. All over the world, children with intersex traits are being operated on to be sex assigned at birth – sometimes with devastating consequences.
BBC Gender and Identity Reporter Megha Mohan explores the hidden world of intersex children.
Videojournalist: Natalia Zuo
Attitudes are changing to the medical practice, with some calling them limiting and unnecessary.