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Court says no urgent hearing,man threatens to kill himself

Bidhan Barua,a youngster from Guwahati who claims he is a woman trapped in a man’s body,has now threatened to kill himself after the Bombay High Court declined to hear his case on an urgent basis.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 3, 2012 2:03:51 am

Bidhan Barua,a youngster from Guwahati who claims he is a woman trapped in a man’s body,has now threatened to kill himself after the Bombay High Court declined to hear his case on an urgent basis.

On Wednesday,a Bench comprising Justices S J Vazifdar and A R Joshi adjourned Barua’s case till May 7 after his lawyer Ejaz Naqvi mentioned the matter for urgent hearing. However,the judges said they would hear the case only when it comes up in due course.

Following this,Barua addressed a letter to the Chief Justice of India,the Bombay High Court Chief Justice and the National Human Rights Commission,requesting them to intervene in the matter. He has demanded that the court pass an order in his favour or grant him an order for an “authorised suicide”.

Barua threatened to commit suicide if an order isn’t passed by Wednesday evening,stating in his letter that if he is compelled to do so,the High Court Chief Justice would be responsible.

“I have been running from pillar to post to seek justice. Now,if the court does not hear my case,where will I go?” Barua asked.

He also mentioned in the letter that he is running out of money and it may soon become impossible for him to continue living in the city as he has to pay for his accommodation as well as the lawyer’s fees.

The 21- year-old had moved court last week seeking intervention to allow him to undergo a sex change operation. He claimed that his father Supti Ranjan Barua threatened doctors at the Saifee Hospital and told them not to perform the operation.

He moved the court after he underwent a psychiatric examination in his hometown Guwahati,which confirmed that he was fit to undergo the procedure. Barua said he realised early in his childhood that he was “born in the wrong sex”.

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