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Violence against transgenders in West Bengal after Supreme Court's verdict on Section 377
After the Supreme Court's verdict criminalising Section 377 of the IPC, transgenders in West Bengal are facing several cases of mental torture and physical abuse. The Association of Transgenders and Hijras in Bengal (ATHB) has received a complaint from a community member named Bijoy Maity that at her locality on December 11 a group of college students abused her with slang languages and teased her for her effeminate nature.

When she protested they told that she does not have any place in the society after the decision on section 377 by the Supreme Court and they also beat her. Even the fieled officer of ATHB Biman Paul reported that when she was outreaching at Hazra crossing, some people teased her and said that any work which is directed towards transgender community will not be tolerated. They also threatened her for physical abuse if she is again found in that area.

This kind of violence is creating trauma among transgenders which will impact the community visibility as many of the community people will be scared to come out in open. Naturally ATHB intervention project on HIV/AIDS will be affected as they may not be able to reach out to the merge number of community people for health services.

For this purpose, they have filed an FIR at their local Police Station and will also submit a deputation to the chairperson of Human Rights Commission and to the office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal to ensure the protection of rights of transgenders to live with dignity and respect in the State.

They will also organize a protest from their network and associates regarding this order which is against their constitutional rights and send wrong messages about India's democracy to the entire world.

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