Hailing the Delhi High Court order granting police protection to a 19-year-old transgender, LGBT activists Friday said there was a need to check “domestic violence” faced by trans and LGBT persons.
Speaking at a press conference called to discuss the case filed by the transgender, Shivy, against his parents and the Uttar Pradesh police, activist Leslie Esteves said this was an example of “the kind of violence parents put their children through”. “These are cases of harassment and wrongful confinement,” said Esteves.
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Advocate Rebecca John also pointed out that Shivy, who was born a female but identifies as a male, was “not asking for any special rights”. John added that every citizen of the country was entitled to “basic rights under Articles 14,16,19 & 21” of the Constitution.
Activists also said the UP police had threatened and harassed them while searching for Shivy, as his parents had filed a false kidnapping complaint. “Police ignore all sorts of crimes happening around them but come out in full force when a person wants to take a decision about their own life,” said Esteves.