It was a New Year vacation gone horribly bad for Delhi-based transgender activist Rudrani Chettri and her two friends. On New Year’s Eve, the trio were in Shimla, a popular hill station destination in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, when Chettri was allegedly approached by a beat constable – a low ranking police officer – who tried to molest her. When she objected and resisted, she was beaten up by the officer as were her two friends who had tried to intervene. Her injuries are not known to be serious.
However, the increase in violence and impunity that the police are increasingly exhibiting can be linked to the recent Supreme Court judgement says Aditya Bondyopadhyay, a lawyer and director of Adhikaar, a LGBT Human Rights organisation based in Delhi.
He told Gay Star News: “The impunity that the cops have increasingly exhibited certainly come from the fact that now the Supreme Court is openly saying that we [LGBTs] are illegal/criminals. This is a direct outcome of the wide debate and news that followed the Supreme Court judgement. Certainly we are already seeing an increase in violence, both by the police as well as by private lumpens.”