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International Conference on Transgender Rights and the Law.

Transgender Identity & The Law Course

An elective university course on transgender identity and the law.

Publications

Transgender Persons Bill 2018: “A law that defeats its purpose”

December 29, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

Jayna Kothari criticizes the Transgender Persons Bill 2018, stating that it is “a law that defeats its purpose”. She emphasizes that it does not provide transgender and intersex persons with positive rights and ignores the protections provided by the Supreme Court in NALSA, 2014.

Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 24, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR’s policy brief develops a comprehensive and functional strategy for the implementation of reservations for transgender and intersex persons in educational institutions and public employment. In order to implement reservations, we must address three principal issues: identification of beneficiaries of reservations, legal basis for reservations and the appropriate form of reservations.

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018

In this article Jayna Kothari argues that – In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation is linked to broader mobilization.

Litigation

Dr. Akkai Padmashali & Ors vs. Union of India

August 21, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

CLPR represented Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Uma Umesh,  and Suma M in the Supreme Court to challenge Section 377 of the IPC. The Supreme Court held Section 377 as unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalised consensual sexual activity of any kind between adults. It was further held that the provision was manifestly arbitrary and violative of an individuals right to autonomy.

Events

21st

Dec 2018

Release of Policy Brief on Reservation for Transgender and Intersex Persons in Education and Public Employment

CLPR’s policy brief on reservations for transgender and intersex persons proposes the manner of implementation of reservations for the community. The policy brief suggests the way forward in implementing horizontal reservations.

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11th

Oct 2018

Shaping Law. Shaping Gender – Experiences from India

Jayna Kothari participated in the Interdisciplinary Workshop held on 11 – 13 October 2018 at Humboldt University of Berlin. She was one of the panelists in ‘Systems of Inequality’ and presented her paper titled ‘Is the Supreme Court Cherry Picking its Gender Battles?’

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News And Media

Business Standard

Bitter Bill

January 5, 2019

Nikita Puri describes how the trans community is furious with the new Transgender Persons Bill 2018. She interviews CLPR Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Jayna Kothari for a closer analysis of how the Bill fails the community.

Prajavani

Transgender Persons do not have Social Security

December 22, 2018

About 50 per cent of the members of the State Gender Welfare Board should be our community. If we have it, we will help the government get the issues we are experiencing. Society should not look at us badly.

FNF

India – promoting transgender rights

November 27, 2018

Friedrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom shares its views on CLPR’s work on transgender rights. This includes a transgender rights course taught at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, as well as the Trans Law cell headed by CLPR.

Blog

CLPR releases Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 23, 2018
Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR releases Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 23, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

On 21 December 2018, CLPR released its policy brief ‘Making Rights Real: Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons’ at the Bangalore International Centre. The policy brief was released by Hon’ble Mr. Justice L Narayana Swamy of the Karnataka High Court.

Transgender Persons Bill 2018: “A law that defeats its purpose”

December 29, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

Jayna Kothari criticizes the Transgender Persons Bill 2018, stating that it is “a law that defeats its purpose”. She emphasizes that it does not provide transgender and intersex persons with positive rights and ignores the protections provided by the Supreme Court in NALSA, 2014.

Policy Brief on Implementing Reservations for Transgender and Intersex Persons

December 24, 2018 | Deekshitha Ganesan

CLPR’s policy brief develops a comprehensive and functional strategy for the implementation of reservations for transgender and intersex persons in educational institutions and public employment. In order to implement reservations, we must address three principal issues: identification of beneficiaries of reservations, legal basis for reservations and the appropriate form of reservations.

India’s Supreme Court is making landmark judgements in social change

November 22, 2018

In this article Jayna Kothari argues that – In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation is linked to broader mobilization.

The Supreme Court trans-formed

September 15, 2018

Jayna Kothari, Executive Director at CLPR and Advocate, Supreme Court of India, writes in The Hindu. In this article, she examines Navtej Johar judgment’s special relevance for transgender rights: the contributions of the trans community to this outcome and how the judgment takes transgender rights forward.

Dr. Akkai Padmashali & Ors vs. Union of India

August 21, 2018 | Jayna Kothari

CLPR represented Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Uma Umesh,  and Suma M in the Supreme Court to challenge Section 377 of the IPC. The Supreme Court held Section 377 as unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalised consensual sexual activity of any kind between adults. It was further held that the provision was manifestly arbitrary and violative of an individuals right to autonomy.

21st

Dec 2018

Release of Policy Brief on Reservation for Transgender and Intersex Persons in Education and Public Employment

Venue Bangalore International Centre Stage 2, Domlur Bangalore, Karnataka - 560071

Time 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM

CLPR’s policy brief on reservations for transgender and intersex persons proposes the manner of implementation of reservations for the community. The policy brief suggests the way forward in implementing horizontal reservations.

Read more

11th

Oct 2018

Shaping Law. Shaping Gender – Experiences from India

Venue Humboldt University of Berlin

Time

Jayna Kothari participated in the Interdisciplinary Workshop held on 11 – 13 October 2018 at Humboldt University of Berlin. She was one of the panelists in ‘Systems of Inequality’ and presented her paper titled ‘Is the Supreme Court Cherry Picking its Gender Battles?’

Read more

05th

Oct 2018

“Arise” Transforming Lives

Venue Student Christian Mission House, Bengaluru

Time 2 PM

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15th

Sep 2018

Panel discussion on Section 377 verdict

Venue Centre for Law and Policy Research, D6, Dona Cynthia Apartments, 35, Primrose Road, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru – 560025

Time 11 AM - 1 PM

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Business Standard

Bitter Bill

January 5, 2019

Nikita Puri describes how the trans community is furious with the new Transgender Persons Bill 2018. She interviews CLPR Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Jayna Kothari for a closer analysis of how the Bill fails the community.

Bloomberg Quint

Why Activists call the Transgender Bill Shameful

December 29, 2018

Erwin Fernandes interviews Jayna Kothari for Bloomberg Quint on The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill in December 2018. In reaction, the trans community led nation-wide protests, criticising the Bill for failing to protect their interests.

Prajavani

Transgender Persons do not have Social Security

December 22, 2018

About 50 per cent of the members of the State Gender Welfare Board should be our community. If we have it, we will help the government get the issues we are experiencing. Society should not look at us badly.

FNF

India – promoting transgender rights

November 27, 2018

Friedrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom shares its views on CLPR’s work on transgender rights. This includes a transgender rights course taught at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, as well as the Trans Law cell headed by CLPR.

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back on Transgender Rights

January 10, 2019 | Deekshitha Ganesan

The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 [“2014 Bill”] was passed as the first private member Bill in four decades in April 2015. Subsequently, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 [“2018 Bill”] was passed on 17 December 2018 despite fervent objections from the transgender community regarding its problematic provisions. The 2018 Bill, which is currently before the Rajya Sabha, is a volte face on the rights that were guaranteed in the 2014 Bill.

Movie Review: “Njan Marykutty”

July 13, 2018 | J. Mandakini

The media rarely portrays a transgender woman accurately. In fact, they are consistently shown in a negative light. However, “Njan Marykutty” released in June 2018 is a Malayalam movie which delivered a pleasant surprise during Pride month.