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Iran's health insurers to pay for sex change operations

29 May 2012 Last updated at 19:22 BST

The founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, passed a fatwa in the 1980s allowing sex-change operations in the country.

Up until now, Iran's welfare system paid a small amount toward these operations but they are very costly.

Now health insurance companies are obliged to cover all costs.

Karen Zarindast reports.

Video produced by BBC Persian's Saeedeh Hashemi