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Transgenders More Feminine Than Masculine, says Judge

in INDIA, 30/11/2013

Dismissing a petition by transgenders seeking transfer of a criminal case trial from the Mahila Court, the Principal Sessions Court has ruled that they were “more feminine than masculine.”

“By disposition and behaviour, transgenders are more feminine than masculine. The atmosphere in the Mahila Court will be more congenial for transgenders to face the trial. They will fit in the company of women than in the company of men,” Principal Sessions Judge N Authinathan ruled.

The criminal case pertains to the alleged kidnap of a class IX boy by the transgenders, and a forced sex-change surgery in 2006. The boy returned to the parents as a transgender in 2009 who then filed a police complaint. The case was posted before the Mahila Court for trial.

However, the 11 transgenders approached the Principal Sessions Court with a petition seeking transfer of the case to another court. They argued that they were neither male nor female, and cannot be tried in a court exclusive for crime against women. The victim too was a boy when the alleged crime took place.

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