Krithika Balu

Equality Fellow

Krithika graduated from Jindal Global Law School with an LL.B. degree in 2014 and holds a B.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai (2010) and an MA in Human Rights (2011) from University College London. Prior to joining CLPR, she litigated with Keystone Partners in Bengaluru and the Human Rights Law Network’s West Bengal chapter. She has also worked with ChangeMantras, a consultancy firm in Kolkata, in the anti-human trafficking space.

Krithika’s research interests include the confluence of laws and societal norms around combating the commercial sexual exploitation of children, environmental laws and ethical issues pertaining to agricultural and animal biotechnology.


Breaking New Ground: Transgender Persons’ Fundamental Right to Marry

June 24, 2019

The fundamental right of transgender persons to marry individuals of their choice was recently affirmed by the Madras High Court in Arunkumar and Another. v The Inspector General of Registration and Ors. The High Court upheld a Hindu marriage between Arunkumar and Sreeja (a transwoman) which the Registrar of Marriages, Tuticorin had previously refused to register.… The Court looked beyond the facts of the case to address issues of self-determination, personal autonomy and freedom of self-expression, culminating in the recognition of transgender persons’ right to marry.

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