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The government has double standards on rights of the transgender community: Akkai Padmashali

Interview with Bengaluru-based human rights activist

Nikita Puri 

Adding to a growing list, a new petition submitted to the Supreme Court challenges Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that makes homosexuality a criminal offence punishable with a sentence of up to 10 years.

Filed by Bengaluru-based human rights activists Umi Umesh and Akkai Padmashali, it highlights the concern of the transgender community: their sexual orientation is criminalised under Section 377, though there is legal recognition of their gender identity after the National Legal Services Authority, or NALSA, judgment of 2014. Padmashali, a transgender person and activist, tells Nikita ...

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First Published: Sat, July 30 2016. 21:19 IST
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