a) They are expected to be screened by a committee that will determine whether or not they are trans. This may violate them on various different levels, where they are asked to undress and prove themselves.
b) They are being, even as adults, forced to stay with their birth families. As trans people, the first site of violence is often the family home. If a trans person wants to escape this situation, they have to get a petition from their homes.
c) Trans folks escape their homes and go into traditional homes run by other trans persons called the hijrasystem. The trans folks who give aid and refuge to trans folks running away from their homes can face imprisonment from 2 months to 4 years.
d) When cis women are raped, the rapist will receive 7 years of imprisonment, but if a trans person faces the same, the rapist will receive only 2 years of imprisonment.
This bill arrives after the revolutionary Supreme Court judgement, NALSA verdict of 2014, which granted a spectrum of trans people the right to self determine their genders. This bill will set trans rights back by decades in India.
Trans folks are raising funds to travel to the capital and protest this being tabled by the Cabinet before it becomes an Act. Please come together, and donate what you can and spread the word to support them to travel to Delhi, organize and protest on the 28th of December. Countless lives will be lost to depression and suicide due to having no option, if this Bill is passed. This is truly urgent. We need to raise 600€/550₤/49000₹in two days.
The money raised will help transport 15 trans people to Delhi from West Bengal. Provide basic accommodation and food. Any money raised after the 28th will go towards reimbursing trans activists who are lending money to transport people to Delhi.
This campaign is for human rights and not about political motivations. I'm raising funds on behalf of trans people in bengal and will distribute the funds raised amongst them and organise their transportation as well.