UP cops harassing us for helping US transgender, allege LGBT activists

On Tuesday, the high court had granted police protection to Shivy, who was born female but identifies as a male.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: September 24, 2015 2:15:36 am

A day after the Delhi High Court granted police protection to transgender teenager Shivy, he spent Wednesday worrying about the safety of the LGBT activists who helped him leave Agra and reach the safety of Delhi.

Shivy, who is living with friends from the NGO community in South Delhi, said he “finally feels safe”. But there was a “problem” Wednesday, he said, as Uttar Pradesh police personnel again called and questioned some LGBT activists who had been named in a kidnapping complaint lodged by his parents in Agra. The police also allegedly raided the office of one of the activists.

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On Tuesday, the high court had granted police protection to Shivy, who was born female but identifies as a male. An NRI Green Card holder, he was studying at a prestigious university in California before being brought to India by his parents in July.

A representative from the NGO Nazariya, which helped Shivy, told The Indian Express on condition of anonymity that the details of the “false FIR” for abduction lodged in Agra by Shivy’s parents were not known to the LGBT activists, who have been named as “kidnappers”.

“The UP police again visited the residence of one of the activists today,” said the NGO representative. She added that a complaint had been filed late Wednesday night with the Delhi Police regarding the “harassment” of activists.

“We have filed a cross-FIR, stating that Shivy is an adult, not a minor, and the FIR in Agra is incorrect. We have also said that police personnel from the UP Police were still trying to harass activists to find Shivy’s whereabouts,” she added.

“This is a false complaint against people who are working for LGBT rights. He left a note at his house and he is an adult so the allegations of kidnapping are false,” said the representative, adding, “the Delhi Police has been cooperative and they registered our complaint”.

Expressing hope that the issue would be resolved soon, Shivy said, “There must have been some miscommunication. The court orders must not have been communicated to them”.

He released a short video statement on Youtube Wednesday evening to answer queries about his ordeal, and talked about how his parents tried to use force to make him “behave like a proper girl”.

He said he was denied access to his passport and identity documents, while his parents also confiscated his cellphone and laptop.

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