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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

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

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

Live Law

Karnataka HC Seeks Govt Response On Plea Seeking Horizontal Reservation For Transgenders Instead Of OBC Reservation

October 21, 2020

Live Law reported on the High Court of Karnataka’s order where the Court sought a response from the State government on an application filed for providing horizontal reservation to Transgender Persons in Public Employment. The applicant submitted that reservation should not be provided under the OBC category but should be provided as a horizontal reservation as a separate special category like the reservation provided for women and persons with disabilities, that can be interlocked with other social categories of vertical reservation of SC/ST/OBC category. The Court gave the direction while hearing the petition filed by Jeeva, represented by Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari and assisted by Almas Shaikh, a Research Associate at CLPR.

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.

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.

Equality Bill 2021: Takes a New Step in Addressing Discrimination, Recognising Intersectionality & Promoting Equality.

January 8, 2021

CLPR’s draft Equality Bill 2021 takes a new step in addressing discrimination experienced by people on the basis of caste, gender, religion, transgender and intersex identity, disability and other grounds. It aims to promote equality, prohibit different types of discriminatory conduct, provide adequate civil remedies and set up fora for redressal that are accessible and effective in addressing discrimination.

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.

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.

CLPR @BIC HUB’BA

March 4, 2022 | Mansi Singh | Krutika Dudharejiya

Centre for Law and Policy Research engaged with Bangaloreans at the BIC Hub’ba 2022 on 26-27th February from 12 pm to 6 pm. BIC Hub’ba was an event hosted by the Bangalore International Centre to bring together and showcase the work of local NGOs.

Reproductive Justice and Transgender Rights | Roundtable 4 | Transform 2021

February 1, 2022 | Sheerene Mohamed

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh, a transgender woman and doctor, spoke on the “Sexual and Reproductive Health of Queer Persons”. She began by stating that both medical professionals and the law reduce transgender persons to their body parts and stigmatise them. Medical professionals completely ignore reproduction in discussions around transgender persons’ bodies, believing them to be asexual or hypersexual perverts incapable of having children.

The Right to Love: The Use of Criminal Law to Police Trans Couples | Roundtable 3 | Transform 2021

January 25, 2022 | Sheerene Mohamed

Kishu Bhati, a young trans-man and law student spoke on “Transgender Experiences with State Agencies.” He recounted his difficulties before finally leaving home with his girlfriend. His parents did not accept his gender identity, and both of their parents tried to separate them. Kishu and his girlfriend then took the decision to run away from their homes.