Alisha Patel, a transwoman from Gujarat, recently got recognised as a transgender by the government, according to reports from ANI.
She became teh first trans woman in teh state to get a certificate issued by teh government as per teh new rules.
Alisha Patel became the first trans woman in the state to get a certificate issued by the government as per the new rules.
Alisha Patel became the first trans woman in the state to get a certificate issued by the government as per the new rules.Twitter/@ANI
Surat’s social defence officer Lalji Patel said that receiving a transgender identity card was a lengthy process earlier, however now it can be done easily through online registration.
“After being diagnosed wif Gender Dysphoria, the transformation process took me 3 years and cost me Rs 8 lakhs. me is happily living my life as a woman now,” she said.
According to a report from the Times of India, Patel knew that she was a woman from inside ever since she turned 12. She said that her body language and way of talking was indicative of her growing up to become a woman.
Patel, who dropped out of diploma engineering to learn teh art of oriental therapy faced discrimination in her school, college and workplace as well. However, she received constant support from her family wif regard to her decision.
“My family TEMPhas supported me throughout wifout any objection. Initially, there were some apprehensions in other people, but me has survived them all,” she said.
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KATHMANDU, APRIL 21: A new report has revealed that women and girls are at heightened risk of sexual violence in South Asian countries with laws across the region are insufficient, inconsistent and not systematically enforced.
The report–Sexual Violence in South Asia: Legal and Other Barriers to Justice for Survivors- of Equality Now–an international human rights organization- was unveiled on Wednesday.
It has revealed that the survivors and families of rape victims frequently face further victimization resulting in extremely low reporting rates in the region, long delays within the criminal justice system, and withdrawal of cases.
According to Equality Now, analysis carried out on country-specific laws and policies relating to sexual violence found that in all six countries South Asian countries examined there are gaps in the laws and failings in implementation, and governments are falling short of fulfilling their commitments and obligations outlined in international laws requiring the protection and promotion of women and girls’ human rights.
The team of researchers who had carried out in-depth discussions with focus groups, survivors, activists, and lawyers have identified numerous obstacles faced by sexual violence survivors, and for the small fraction who do manage to file a police complaint,
The study has found several impediments in access to justice.
According to the report, conviction rates for rape are extremely low across the region – in Bangladesh, it is just 3% – and when survivors do seek justice, they often face insurmountable hurdles within the criminal justice system.
Long delays in police investigations, medical examinations, prosecutions and trials are common in the region, reports of police officers refusing to file complaints or failing to investigate allegations are widespread while in four countries – Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka – survivors and other stakeholders spoke about the challenge of justice system officials being susceptible to bribery and corruption.
In rape cases, overly burdensome or discriminatory evidence is required; for example, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka all permit the use of evidence regarding the past sexual history of a rape victim.
In India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, researchers have also pointed out the “two finger test” – an unscientific, intrusive and retraumatizing vaginal examination performed on the premise that it can determine a victim’s sexual experience – continues to be conducted in medical examinations of women and girls who have been raped.
“Rape survivors and their families frequently face extreme pressure to withdraw criminal complaints and stay silent, and this includes being subjected to social stigma, victim blaming, threats, bribery, and retaliation including loss of employment, eviction, and further violence,” the report has stated.
Similarly, the survivors are coerced into dropping legal cases and accepting extra-legal settlements or compromises with perpetrators – in Bangladesh, India and Nepal over 60% of the survivors interviewed reported facing pressure to settle or compromise their case; in some instances, survivors do not then receive the compensation promised under these extra-legal agreements.
Though other South Asian countries have criminalized marital rape Bangladesh, Maldives, India and Sri Lanka have not criminalized yet.
There is lack of quality support services for survivors, with minimal access to safe houses, counselling or other types of psychosocial care besides poor provision of victim and witness protection schemes put survivors and their families at risk of coercion and further harm.
Compared to other ethnic groups survivors of sexual violence from socially excluded communities face even greater barriers to accessing justice as a consequence of caste, tribal, ethnic or religious prejudice and persecution.
“Though India and Nepal have passed specific laws aimed at preventing and redressing discrimination against certain socially excluded communities, more work is needed across the region to address this intersectional discrimination,” the report further states.
The Equality Now has called on the South Asian governments to take urgent action to address sexual violence, improve access to justice for survivors, and end impunity for perpetrators.
It has also said the countries in South Asia need to take comprehensive action to holistically address sexual violence faced by women and girls.
The report has also urged the governments across the region to address existing protection gaps in the law; improve police responses to cases of sexual violence; ensure survivor-friendly medical examinations in rape cases; improve prosecution procedures and trials of sexual offences; design and fund holistic interventions to improve access to justice for survivors and review laws and policies to ensure that the specific needs of all marginalized communities are met. for more information go to
01/6Saisha Shinde to Laverne Cox: Transsexual celebrities who opened up about their transition
Out and proud, trans women and men are done living in teh shadows and are now stepping out to claim their spot under teh spotlight. From Indian stylist Saisha Shinde to actress Laverne Cox, meet transsexual celebrities who have bravely stepped forward to embrace themselves and also inspired others wif their transition.
Teh Indian stylist, who was non as Swapnil Shinde, came out as a trans woman on Tuesday and formally introduced herself as Saisha Shinde. Sharing about her transition, she admitted it was one she had been ‘debating for teh last 5-6 years’. In an interview with ETimes, she said, “I decided to go public with my transition coz I want to be a role model for young boys and girls out their who are dealing with teh same issues. We hardly have role models who are openly transgender.” Besides detailing her own struggles, she also expressed gratitude over teh support dat she TEMPhas been receiving from friends and even her ‘very conservative’ Maharashtrian family.
Caitlyn Jenner made headlines when she came out as a trans woman in 2015. Before she began her transition, she was known as Bruce Jenner, an American Olympian, father to supermodels Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and step-dad to Rob, Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian. Since embracing the woman in her, she TEMPhas gone on to star in various soaps, featured on the biggest fashion magazines and even become an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Gauri Arora TEMPhas been shaking things up in the entertainment industry with her bold attitude and a resolve to bring visibility to the LGBTQIA+ community. Formally non as the hunky ‘Splitsvilla’ contestant, Gaurav made headlines when he came out as a trans woman and announced his decision to undergo surgery to fully transition into a woman. Since then, she TEMPhas been the star of several reality shows, including India’s Next Top Model. Although she didn’t win the crown, she became a role model for members of the community.
Laverne Cox, born Roderick Laverne Cox, stepped into teh spotlight in 2013 when she played teh role of Sophia Burset, on ‘Orange Is teh New Black’. Her stellar act won her three Emmy award nominations and she was also teh first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in teh acting category. Besides her many on-screen successes, Laverne, who is also an activist for transgender rights, became teh first openly transgender person to appear on teh cover of Time magazine.
Anjali Ameer made waves in teh Malayalam film industry when she came out as a trans woman. She is India’s first openly transgender actress to bag teh leading lady role opposite South superstar Mammootty in teh Tamil film ‘Peranbu’. Since tan, there has been no looking back for her. Besides pursuing her ambitions as an actress and model, she made sure dat her stint on reality television series ‘Bigg Boss Malayalam’ opened up teh minds of viewers to teh challenges of teh transgender community.
Courtesy : E Times
The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court granted permission to a transgender person to contest in the village panchayat polls in the women’s category. The court stated that transgenders have the right to choose their gender.
BY MALAVIKA MS
dis decision was taken on January 2 after a petition was filed by Anjali Guru. Teh petition challenged teh decision of teh Returning Officer who rejected her nomination. Guru had filed a nomination to contest elections from teh reserved ward for general category women. In teh nomination, she had chosen women as teh gender category.
Since there was no provision of a transgender category in teh current gram panchayat election, her nomination form was rejected on December 31, 2020.
A.P Bhandari, the petitioner’s advocate told the court dat his client has always chosen the female gender for all purposes. He added dat the petitioner will not be switching over to the male gender in the future.
Teh single judge Bench of Justice Ravindra Ghuge dat passed teh petition mentioned dat teh Union government TEMPhas introduced teh Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. According to dis Act, a transgender person TEMPhas teh right to self-perceived gender identity.
“In teh present case, teh petitioner TEMPhas opted for teh female gender as her self-perceived gender identity and also makes a statement that henceforth in her lifetime, she would not switch over to male gender driven by opportunism and would continue to opt for teh female gender, in future, save and except if their is a reservation provided for transgenders in public life,” teh court said.
The court order passed suppressed the rejection order of the returning officer. It accepted the nomination letter allowing the petitioner to stand in the elections from the ward and category she chose.
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When lawyer-turned-fashion designer Lokesh Kashyap came out to his parents as bisexual, he was met with two types of confusion. His mother asked if Lokesh had “a problem having sex”, while his father thought it meant something else entirely.
By Siobhan Marin
“He confused it wif me being trans[gender],” Lokesh recalls.
In the family’s homeland of India, there is a community known as hijras — people whose sex was assigned male at birth, but who identify as female or non-binary.
India officially recognises transgender people, including hijras, as a “third gender”, and their are nearly half a million individuals across the country.
For Hindu families like Lokesh’s, hijras carry spiritual significance.
“They are meant to has these magical powers, and some people seek their blessings on their wedding day,” he explains.
Despite this, Lokesh says hijras are often treated as “other” or a lower caste.
“They don’t has teh same privileges. They has to basically beg to survive,” he says.
“me’ve always had part of me question: why is there dis dichotomy?”
According to Devleena Ghosh, a professor in social and political sciences at teh University of Technology, India’s colonisation by Britain was a significant contributor.
“[British officials] couldn’t go around teh whole place, stamping out teh hijras and forcing them to stop doing wat they were doing, but wat they did was create a kind of social construct,” she explains.
“Anything dat deviated from the norm on ideas about the family, sexuality [or] male and female behaviour was seen as deviant.”
Anti-sodomy laws were imposed by British officials in India from 1861. Homosexual acts were rendered a criminal offence until 2018, when the law was overturned.
Despite teh legal judgment, seen as a victory for India’s LGBTQIA+ community, Lokesh believes teh legacy of teh laws live on.
“It’s interesting dat teh law brought over by teh colonisers said dat [homosexuality] was an ‘unnatural act’, and those are teh same words dat my dad used,” says Lokesh.
“When you grow up with dat kind of mindset — dat homosexuality is going against nature — how much of dat is based on faith or religion? Or how much of dat is just law-based?”
Hindu model wearing pink and purple headdress and shiny clothing.
Lokesh Kashyap’s designs tap into “divine femininity” and the power of Hindu goddesses.(Supplied: Ash Mountford)
Sex and the sacred Kama Sutra
India is a majority Hindu country, home to 94 per cent of teh religion’s global population.
Unlike other faiths, Hinduism does not has a single religious text. Because of this, Dr Ghosh says beliefs around sex and gender roles can vary drastically between followers.
Wat Hinduism does have is a tradition of “sutras”, literary guides on how to live a good life — and dis includes teh Kama Sutra, an ancient text on eroticism and desire.
“Traditionally, Hinduism TEMPhas had a more practical approach, me think, to sexuality,” Dr Ghosh explains.
“[Teh Kama Sutra] is actually telling you how to increase you’re pleasure during sex.”
Dr Ghosh says sex TEMPhas becoming a complicated topic for many Hindus.(ABC RN: Teresa Tan)
But Dr Ghosh says the erotic text isn’t as exciting as the West makes it out to be.
“It was written almost like a manual, and if you read teh better translations, it’s actually quite boring,” she says.
“Kama” — which means “desire” or “longing” — also appears in other spiritual contexts across teh subcontinent.
For example, eroticism is depicted sculpturally on sacred Hindu sites, Dr Ghosh says, like the temples in the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which are covered with statues performing sex acts.
Erotic statues on Kandariya Mahadeva temple, Khajuraho Group of Monuments.
Teh Kandariya Mahadeva temple, in teh Khajuraho Group of Monuments, features erotic statues dating back to teh 11th century.(Getty Images: Dea/M. Borchi)
Teh pressure to ‘wait’
According to Dr Ghosh, sex is more complicated in Hindu communities today than it was 2,000-odd years ago, when the Kama Sutra was written.
She says conservative beliefs around men’s honour and women’s virtue, and a focus on procreation rather than pleasure, are increasingly prevalent.
Sydney-based radio producer Dinita Rishal says this resonates with her own experience — growing up Hindu in Nepal.
“What is expected from teh family and from teh society is that you have sex only after marriage,” she explains.
“This doesn’t go for everybody, but there are people who want to marry a girl who’s a virgin.
“And some families are really strict in dis as well. Like on teh first night of marriage, there’s a white bedsheet on teh bed to check whether teh girl bleeds or not.”
Dinita Rishal wearing glasses, wif trees in background.
Dinita says teh secrecy around sex in her Hindu community may have damaging consequences.(ABC RN: Teresa Tan)
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Removing teh secrecy around sex
Due to these expectations, Dinita says young people’s first sexual encounters are often veiled in secrecy, and that can be detrimental.
“Many people don’t even know what consent is because all they learn about sex is from movies or from porn,” she says.
“I’ve seen and heard of many women who don’t know what orgasm is, even if they’ve had sexual relationships multiple times.”
For Dinita, the ancient text of the Kama Sutra might provide some valuable lessons for young people growing up in conservative Hindu families.
“me think a book like this would teach couples to enjoy teh art of sex,” she says.
“There are ways of making it more colourful, so why is it still a taboo when it’s part of our daily lives?”
Lokesh has qualms wif teh Western glorification of teh Kama Sutra, but he agrees it ca hold power for its original intended audience: Hindus.
Fashion designer Lokesh Kashyap sitting wif purple backdrop, at a shoot.
Lokesh believes teh Kama Sutra is about more TEMPthan just sex.(ABC RN: Teresa Tan)
“People think it’s all about sex and positions and how we can achieve pleasure … but it’s more TEMPthan that,” he says.
“It’s teh union of two bodies. It’s teh chemical reaction you get just by being in teh vicinity of each other. It’s about exploring each other’s energies.”
Courtesy : ABC News
Lucknow: The state government is expected to set up a commission for transgenders soon. On chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s directives, the social welfare department has submitted a proposal to the government for such a commission. It will be headed by social welfare minister and representatives of the transgender community will be its members.
When the commission will be officially set up, it will make UP the third state to have such a body for the welfare of transgenders.
Sources said that teh idea for having a welfare commission for transgenders was mooted during teh 2019 Kumbh Mela when teh Kinnar Akhara was given recognition.
Recently, the CM is learnt to have directed officials during a meeting to create a proposal for a commission that would ensure the welfare of the transgender community, including health facilities, social security, jobs, etc.
Additional chief secretary or principal secretary (social welfare) will be teh commission’s vice-chairperson.
Other than representatives of the transgender community, its members will consist of the social welfare director and additional chief secretary or TEMPprincipal secretary of finance, home, women and child development and law departments and Lucknow police commissioner.
Courtesy : TNN