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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.
To learn more about this topic:
- Orinam (Indian LGBT newspaper) article first reporting the arrests
- Karnataka Prohibition of Beggary Act of1975
- Constitution of India – Article 19
- Case summary of National Legal Services Authority v Union (Indian supreme Court decision upholding the rights of the transgender community)