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Now, transgenders come forward for strong action

in INDIA, 28/12/2012

After massive protests by women and men against the gang-rape incident, now transgenders have come out to express their outrage over the heinous crime and demand strict legal action against the culprits.

“We understand the kind of pain and trauma of rape victim is going through. As transgender women we also face such barbaric crime,” they said in an emotional statement made on Tuesday. 

Transgender community faces exploitation, discrimination and exclusion so they empathise with the rape victim and demand justice for her, members of hijra community said while sharing their own harrowing experiences and demanding legal rights.
“There are lots of social schemes available by different Ministries for the marginalised population but due to lack of proper documentation and identification proof a large number of the community is being excluded. We request the Government, especially the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, to take initiative to simplify the documentation process so that our community can avail their rights,” said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, founder member of ‘Astitva’, a community-based organisation from Mumbai and India Representative of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN).

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