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Publications

How Karnataka took the lead in horizontal reservations for transgender persons

September 29, 2021 | Jayna Kothari | Mihir Rajamane

In this article published by news9live.com, Jayna Kothari and Mihir Rajamane discuss the recent order by the Karnataka Government for providing 1% horizontal reservation for transgender persons.

We don’t want your blood’ exclusion of Sexual Minorities from Blood Donation

February 17, 2021 | Thulasi K. Raj

In this blog post, Thulasi K. Raj argues that the exclusion of sexual minorities from blood donations is violative of non-discrimination under Articles 14 and 15.

Welfare as a Human Right: An Intersectional Approach to Trans Rights in India

April 12, 2022 | Mansi Singh | Mihir Rajamane

In this article, published by the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Mansi Singh, and Mihir Rajamane explore the need to accommodate welfare in judicial analysis of LGBTQ+ rights, by acknowledging close intersections between queer identities and identities of caste, disability and class.

Litigation

Jeeva Intervention in Sangama v. State | 1% Horizontal Reservation for Transgender Persons

November 26, 2021 | Almas Shaikh

The Petitioners, an organization working for the upliftment of sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV along with a member of the transgender community, has filed W.P. No. 8511 /2020 (EDN-RES) (PIL) challenging the inaction of the Karnataka State Police to include ‘transgender’ category within its Notification No. 15/Recruitment-4/2019-2020 calling upon ‘men’ and ‘women’ for filling up 2467 vacancies for the post of Special Reserve Constable force and Bandsmen. The impleadment application by Jeeva was filed seeking horizontal reservations to be provided to transgender persons in public employment and provide assistance in the complex legal issues that arise with regard to reservation for transgender persons.

All Assam Transgender Association v. Union of India

October 20, 2021 | Deepika Hungenahally

This Petition is filed in public interest on behalf of the transgender community in Assam and in India to protect their right to adequate representation in the National Council for Transgender Persons as provided under Section 16 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 (‘The Act’).

News And Media

Bar and Bench

Karnataka High Court seeks State govt response on plea seeking separate hostels for Transgender students in educational institutions

March 24, 2022

Bar and bench reported on Karnataka High Court’s notice to the State government on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking separate hostels and accommodation for transgender students in higher educational institutions in the State of Karnataka.

Bar and Bench

Transgender persons should be given separate reservation, not clubbed with women’s reservation: Madras High Court

March 23, 2022

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court recommended the State government to provide a specific percentage of separate reservation for the Third Gender (TG) or transgender persons in matters of future public employment.

Bar and Bench

Madras High Court seeks response from Tamil Nadu govt on plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons not holding ration cards

May 22, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons who do not possess ration cards.

Blog

Non-Heteronormative Ideas of Love and Family in India

March 16, 2022
Krutika Dudharejiya

Non-Heteronormative Ideas of Love and Family in India

March 16, 2022 | Krutika Dudharejiya

In India, the idea of marriage is associated with several patriarchal rituals/norms which act as an institution to strengthen existing norms. Upholding a traditional family structure and therefore, the perpetuation of heterosexual normativity is still prevalent. The existence of ‘honor killing’ shows that any deviance is met with dire consequences.

Trans Students and Educational Spaces: The Need for Better Policies

May 20, 2022

Trans Students and Educational Spaces: The Need for Better Policies

May 20, 2022

Educational institutions play a pivotal role in a student’s life, but for transgender students in India they remain another hurdle to conquer. The question of high trans dropout rates and lesser number of trans students in India finds its roots in the lack of inclusive policies being implemented. This blog argues the need for Indian institutions to make better policies and ensure holistic education for all.

Pride Matters | Beyond Sec 377, the call for trans equality reaches a crescendo

July 12, 2022

In this article published by the Hindustan Times, Jayna Kothari highlights the need to support the transgender rights movement amidst the various human rights violations happening worldwide. In her piece, she says “Everyone needs to join the battle for trans rights, because the systemic changes required to put these basic rights in place would benefit everyone.”

Welfare as a Human Right: An Intersectional Approach to Trans Rights in India

April 12, 2022 | Mansi Singh | Mihir Rajamane

In this article, published by the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Mansi Singh, and Mihir Rajamane explore the need to accommodate welfare in judicial analysis of LGBTQ+ rights, by acknowledging close intersections between queer identities and identities of caste, disability and class.

How Karnataka took the lead in horizontal reservations for transgender persons

September 29, 2021 | Jayna Kothari | Mihir Rajamane

In this article published by news9live.com, Jayna Kothari and Mihir Rajamane discuss the recent order by the Karnataka Government for providing 1% horizontal reservation for transgender persons.

We don’t want your blood’ exclusion of Sexual Minorities from Blood Donation

February 17, 2021 | Thulasi K. Raj

In this blog post, Thulasi K. Raj argues that the exclusion of sexual minorities from blood donations is violative of non-discrimination under Articles 14 and 15.

Jeeva Intervention in Sangama v. State | 1% Horizontal Reservation for Transgender Persons

November 26, 2021 | Almas Shaikh

The Petitioners, an organization working for the upliftment of sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV along with a member of the transgender community, has filed W.P. No. 8511 /2020 (EDN-RES) (PIL) challenging the inaction of the Karnataka State Police to include ‘transgender’ category within its Notification No. 15/Recruitment-4/2019-2020 calling upon ‘men’ and ‘women’ for filling up 2467 vacancies for the post of Special Reserve Constable force and Bandsmen. The impleadment application by Jeeva was filed seeking horizontal reservations to be provided to transgender persons in public employment and provide assistance in the complex legal issues that arise with regard to reservation for transgender persons.

All Assam Transgender Association v. Union of India

October 20, 2021 | Deepika Hungenahally

This Petition is filed in public interest on behalf of the transgender community in Assam and in India to protect their right to adequate representation in the National Council for Transgender Persons as provided under Section 16 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 (‘The Act’).

Bar and Bench

Karnataka High Court seeks State govt response on plea seeking separate hostels for Transgender students in educational institutions

March 24, 2022

Bar and bench reported on Karnataka High Court’s notice to the State government on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking separate hostels and accommodation for transgender students in higher educational institutions in the State of Karnataka.

Bar and Bench

Transgender persons should be given separate reservation, not clubbed with women’s reservation: Madras High Court

March 23, 2022

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court recommended the State government to provide a specific percentage of separate reservation for the Third Gender (TG) or transgender persons in matters of future public employment.

Bar and Bench

Madras High Court seeks response from Tamil Nadu govt on plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons not holding ration cards

May 22, 2021

Bar & Bench reported on the Madras Court’s order where the court sought a response from the Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking COVID-19 cash relief to Transgender persons who do not possess ration cards.

Live Law

Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Against Blanket Ban On Blood Donation By Transgenders, Sex Workers

March 8, 2021

Live Law reported on the Supreme Court’s order where the apex court issued a notice in a plea challenging the Union Ministry of Health blood donor guidelines that prohibit transgender persons and gay men from donating blood.

School Policies on Gender and Sexuality

August 12, 2022

While there have some been some legal developments regarding LGBTQI+ rights in India, we are miles away in terms of societal acceptance. The first step towards this goal is for awareness and sensitisation to start in schools. In this blog, Nayantara interviews students and a teacher of Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, to discuss how the school deals with issues relating to gender and sexuality, and the way forward.

CLPR | Trans Law Quarterly | Issue VI

This Pride Month, we are happy to present to you the VI Issue of our Trans Law Quarterly. In the past two years of the pandemic, we witnessed the tireless efforts of LGBTQIA+ activists, policymakers, litigants and judicial officers which resulted in timely court orders and policies safeguarding and advancing the rights of transgender persons. Putting together the quarterly has provided us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how long the road ahead is.

Trans Students and Educational Spaces: The Need for Better Policies

May 20, 2022

Educational institutions play a pivotal role in a student’s life, but for transgender students in India they remain another hurdle to conquer. The question of high trans dropout rates and lesser number of trans students in India finds its roots in the lack of inclusive policies being implemented. This blog argues the need for Indian institutions to make better policies and ensure holistic education for all.

Non-Heteronormative Ideas of Love and Family in India

March 16, 2022 | Krutika Dudharejiya

In India, the idea of marriage is associated with several patriarchal rituals/norms which act as an institution to strengthen existing norms. Upholding a traditional family structure and therefore, the perpetuation of heterosexual normativity is still prevalent. The existence of ‘honor killing’ shows that any deviance is met with dire consequences.