Alliance India condemns violence against the transgender community
Alliance India condemns the atrocities committed by Delhi police officials from Dabri Police Station early morning today, where they gave death threats and assaulted five transgender residents, including one staff member of Delhi’s Garima Greh (Transgender Shelter Home) being run by Mitr Trust.
Alliance India requests the government to take decisive action against those attacking the transgender community while taking steps to make Delhi a place where transgender community members feel safe and protected.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 clearly states that harming or injuring or endangering the life, safety, health, or well-being, whether mental or physical, of a transgender person or tending to do acts including causing physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse and economic abuse is a punishable offence.
Alliance India is still collecting facts to ascertain what went wrong and will soon come up with a detailed statement.
Sensitisation of police officials should be organised regularly so they can understand the concerns, stigma, discrimination and violence faced by the transgender community.
Garima Greh has been set up in Delhi and other cities of India under the Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood & Enterprise (SMILE) scheme launched by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
The main aim of Garima Greh’s is to provide shelter to transgender persons with basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreational facilities. It also includes support for the capacity-building/skill development of transgender persons.
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