Exclusion Amplified: A report on how the pandemic has impacted the trans and intersex community in India

July 25, 2020

This Report is an attempt at presenting the needs and rights of the trans community…

The Intersection of Disability and Caste

July 20, 2020

This Policy paper explores the importance of the intersections of disability and caste. The authors…

Beyond the Binary: Advancing Legal Recognition for Intersex Persons in India

July 9, 2020

This Policy Brief proposes the need for legal recognition of intersex persons and intersex rights,…

Winding Path to Trans Equality (with Jayna Kothari and Tejas Pande)

June 26, 2020

Bangalore International Centre recorded a podcast with Senior Advocate and Executive Director, CLPR Jayna Kothari where she spoke to Tejus AP about trans rights, important legal judgments in India, the US, and elsewhere in recent years, and the path towards gender equity and inclusion.

Kabeer C alias Aneera v. State of Kerala & Ors.

July 1, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

A Public Interest Litigation was filed in the Kerala High Court by Aneera Kabeer, a transgender person involved in mobilising persons in the transgender community for the purpose of achieving equal opportunities for the community. The Petition seeks various reliefs relating to transgender people during period of COVID-19 threat. The writ petition sought for measures by the state government for “the distribution of food ration, medicines, access to medical treatment, etc. to the transgender community in Kerala.”

CLPR files Applications before Karnataka High Court for protecting transgender persons during the COVID-19 lockdown

April 7, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

The Karnataka High Court has taken up a public interest litigation on relief measures during the COVID lockdown, ranging from access to food and essential items, access to medicines, animal welfare and parole for prisoners. In these ongoing PILs, CLPR has filed an Intervention Application on behalf of Ondede, an organisation working for the rights of transgender persons, and the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, which works closely with SC/ST communities especially manual scavenging groups, tribal and forest-dwelling communities, slum dweller and other vulnerable groups.

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Tackling Caste Discrimination Through Law: CLPR event conducted at Karnataka HC

February 3, 2020

Bar and Bench reported the CLPR event on learning session for lawyers at the Karnataka High Court on the topic of ‘Tackling Caste Discrimination through Law”.

The interactive seminar had four sessions covering various topics such as The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955: How can it be effectively used?  Manual Scavenging and the Law, and the Karnataka Devadasi (Prohibition of Dedication) Act, 1982.

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A Conversation with Trinetra Gummaraju | Radio Active covers our SRR conference

April 13, 2019

Shruti Sharada interviews Trinetra Gummaraju, who will speak at our conference on Sexual and Reproductive Rights conference, for RadioActive Cr 90.4 Mhz. Gummaraju will speak on the LGBTI+ panel.


Teenager beheaded in southern India in caste-based violence

November 2, 2018

The beheading of a 13 year old girl in Tamil Nadu is another example of caste based violence perpetuated against women. In this article CNN quotes Jayna Kothari who argues for looking at these crimes in an intersectional way: as caste and gender based violence.

Legal gender recognition in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

July 31, 2020

The State legally documents the gender of an individual from birth. For trans persons, the ability to have their gender recognized in official documents is an integral part of their right to life and dignity. Recent developments in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka relating to the legal recognition of the trans community’s right to gender recognition have been hailed as progressive; but do they go far enough? On January 26 2014, the Bangladeshi cabinet formulated a policy creating a distinct third-gender category – ‘hijra’- for trans persons. While this indicates that the State views ‘hijra’ as an umbrella term for all trans people, the term is considered to exclude other communities

COVID-19, Caste and the City

June 22, 2020 | Almas Shaikh

On 27th May 2020, a tragic image of a child playing beside his dead mother made headlines. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many instances, which has brought to light India’s stark class inequalities during the migrant crisis.

The migrant crisis has certainly brought some attention to class inequality in India. However, we must resist the urge to view the crisis only through class. About 16% of the total intra-state migrants in India belong to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 8% to the Scheduled Tribes (STs), almost equal to their share in the total population, as per data from Census 2011. It is then plausible that a significant fraction of migrants attempting to return to their homes during the lockdown are SC/STs. These communities are vulnerable on the account of their class and caste.