Transgender crime: New rulebook but old record system

No separate data-keeping or lockups for transgender persons as the crime rate within the community remains unassessed. Despite a new regulation by the National  Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the State Crime Records Bureau, Karnataka (SCRB), Bengaluru police, and NCRB itself fail to document crime within the transgender community in a separate category as the authorities […]

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Mental health troubles gender minorities

Despite high mental health and suicide risks among gender minorities, prevention efforts remain stagnant.  Uma, a transgender activist and founder of Jeeva organisation said, “My friend Sujata *name changed* committed suicide a year ago after being betrayed by her former partner when she came out as transgender. Her inability to carry the shame of being […]

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Third gender yet to be visible in voters list

Despite an estimated 80,000 transgenders in the state, only two percent of them have registered to vote for the upcoming BBMP elections in 2022. About a few months ago, Rakshitha, a transgender activist, visited the Election Commission office with the hope of walking out with a chance to vote. Even with all the eyes traveling […]

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Transgenders await self-employment loans

The BBMP scheme’s implementation has been delayed by five years. It has been five years. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had promised self-employment loans to the transgender community back in 2017. They haven’t seen any money yet. In 2021, several transgenders blocked the entrance to the BBMP to protest this inaction. The commissioner had […]

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No direction home yet for Bengaluru trans community

 Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum says that at least 60 percent of the transgender community has no access to BPL cards. Bengaluru: The state government is yet to create state and district cells for transgenders under its Policy on Transgenders, 2017. The unavailability of the cells and a transgender census results in the community not getting […]

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Third-gender yet to receive government jobs

Despite the Rajiv Gandhi Chaitanya Yojane scheme, the transgender community is unable to find employment opportunities. Transgenders in Bangalore do not get jobs in the government sector despite the one percent reservation proposed by the government. Out of around 6000 transgenders in Bengaluru, a few get jobs in NGOs and some in the corporate sector, but none […]

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Third gender waits for identity, health care

The third gender category has not been included in hospital forms, forcing them to choose between male and female. Transgender persons struggle with healthcare in government hospitals, as there is no third-gender category on healthcare papers. They cannot avail of any promised benefits. Jagadamba, a 67-year-old transwoman, said, “A lot of things have got better […]

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