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Book Review: Law of Transgender Rights in India by Dr Binoy Gupta

Since the dawn of human civilization transgender community across the world find it difficult to accommodate amidst the mainstream societies, which is largely populated and dominated by male and female. The world has only two genders – that we all know. How about others? In India have you heard of Kinners, Hizras, Chakkha, Aravanis, Jogappas, etc.? Who are they? Where do they come from? You and we all often notice them at bus and railway stations collecting money. Well, they are part of our society. However, remain hidden, not much talked about because they are not given proper space and recognition in our Indian societies.

Transgender have interesting mythological connection with Lord Rama when he was going for an exile in the forest.

Lord Rama, in the epic Ramayana, was leaving for the forest upon being banished from the kingdom of 14 years, turns around to his followers and asks all the men and women to return to the city. Among his followers, the hijras alone do not feel bound by this direction and decide to stay with him. Impressed with their devotion, Rama sanctions them the power to confer blessings on people on auspicious occasions like childbirth and marriage, and also at inaugural  functions which, it is believed  set the stage  for the custom of badhai in which hijras sing, dance, and confer blessings.

Clearly, they are ignored, considered cursed, you will not find them in jobs or conventional public events. Yet they come to marriages and births to confer blessings. Isn’t it ironical? If talking about awareness on their (TG Community) rights and kind of communities they dwell in, there are hardly books that show proper light on the subject. Author Dr Binoy Gupta’s book Law of Transgender Rights in India is not an exhaustive subject material on this community yet it expresses concerns over the laws and rights that they deserve. The book covers Rights of Transgender Persons and How to Obtain Them, SES (Sex Reassignment Surgery), Recognition of Identity, Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights Act 2019), Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights Rules 2020), and much more.

In 2011 the United Nations passed a resolution to identify their third gender, and India did that in 2014. The book also has some section of Supreme Court of India’s comments on their laws and acts. Legally, the book is a good resource. However, even laymen public interested in knowing awareness and laws about TG community can look up to this book with utmost precision.

The book is available to buy from Amazon retail stores in all formats.


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