A group of 11 transgenders, who were arrested four years ago for allegedly abducting a 15-year old school boy and pushing him into flesh trade after a sex-change surgery, have questioned the legal basis of their prosecution at the Mahila Court.
Their argument is that neither the accused transgender nor the victim was a woman and, therefore, the Mahila Court cannot exercise jurisdiction over the case. Legally a Mahila court deals with cases where a woman is the victim.
In the instant case, the Mahila Court in Chennai is conducting trial against the 11 transgenders who were taken into custody after the boy’s parents lodged a complaint that they had abducted him in 2006. Three years later, the boy had returned home as a transgender and narrated how he was pushed into sex trade by the other transgenders in Andhra Pradesh.