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Third Gender And Beyond: Violence, Bureaucracy And The Trans Identity

Since a 2014 judgment by the Supreme Court, transpeople have been legally recognised. But discrimination and abuse persist.

Red Fish (2018): Artwork by Babak Haghi, Courtesy: ongoing @engenderedart exhibition at the High Line Nine Gallery in the Chelsea Arts District of Manhattan

It was a Thursday, bright and sunny, when Sha­man Gupta, 33, and Gautam Ramachandra, 24, were dragged out of Aasra, a shelter home for trans and queer survivors of violence, and bundled into a police jeep. They were driven strai­ght to DLF Phase-3 police station in Gurgaon, a satellite town of India’s capital New Delhi.

Gupta and Ramachandra, both of whom identify as transmen, allege they were beaten up in the jeep and later at the police station. They were also not allowed to make phone calls or prov­ided with any official paperwork for being detained.

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