Victimization of transgender people in India

Authors

  • Sunita Bachchhav

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v23i1.3361

Keywords:

Transgender, Discrimination, India, Gender, Indian Penal Code

Abstract

Concerns over lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in recent years have established a
global standard for the defense of gender-nonconforming groups. India, one of the countries that is home to the
“Hijra” community, is gaining up in terms of the rights of the transgender minority. Having once served as the
queen’s aide, they now beg on the streets despite once being held in high regard by the general public and honored
at ceremonial religious and spiritual gatherings. We have abused them after having used and rejected them. Who
will reveal their real identity to them? Who will put an end to this prejudice? Who will assist in giving them a new
life? Who will speak up and defend the rights of transgender people in India?
The transgender person protection of rights Act 2019 is the result of recent bills that the Indian legal system
introduced that resulted in the repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a problematic colonial provision of
the law. As we see new Bills, Acts, and other legislation focused on preserving and providing a livelihood for the
community, we are witnessing a repetition of Indian history, which once served as a haven for the transgender
population. However, compared to other countries, India has a larger transgender community and requires much
more than just written legislation. For the transgender community to fully enjoy their rights and freedoms, legal
gaps must be filled and processes are streamlined.
Transgender people are becoming more prevalent in India. With the exception of the transgender Act of 2019, they
do not have adequate laws. This Act does not address many of the problems that the transgender population is
dealing with in real life. Personal laws are required in this community concerning issues like marriage, adoption,
job security, safety, etc.

Author Biography

Sunita Bachchhav

Assistant Professor (Law), Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, Flat no 201, Purple Building, Mehdi
garden, Shamshabad Hyderabad 501218.

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Published

2023-01-23

How to Cite

Sunita Bachchhav. (2023). Victimization of transgender people in India. Medico Legal Update, 23(1), 47–53. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v23i1.3361