Human Rights Campaign Reports on Arrests of Transgender Women in Bangalore

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Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has reported that police in Bangalore, India arrested 167 transgender women last week. The arrests were part of a police operation supposedly targeting illegal begging, but ended up including a significant number of “hijras,” which is what transgender women are known as in India. Though no charges have been filed subsequent to the arrests, the targeting of hijras has sparked demonstrations and protests that have called attention to the larger social conditions that simultaneously target hijras while forcing minorities into illegal begging.

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