‘Badhais’ criminalised, LGBT community opposes LS Bill

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12/24/2018

At the office of the Shaan Foundation, which works with the LGBT community in the district, transgender persons begin a gathering early in the day, holding a ‘siyappa’ (a mourning rite). Cheekily, one of them chants, “Sarkar da siyappa kar rahe haan. Sade dhidd te latt marti” (We are protesting against the government. It has snatched our livelihood). Angered over the hurriedly passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, in the Lok Sabha which criminalises ‘begging’, members of the community have been holding this rite to express their angst against the government.

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