Rights activists protest harassment of eunuchs by police

November 7th, 2008 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Human rights activists held a demonstration here Friday to protest the harassment of eunuchs by Bangalore police last month.The activists submitted a memorandum to the Karnataka Resident Commissioner here, demanding action against policemen who arrested five eunuchs from a traffic signal on Oct 20 without levelling any charge and later harassed them.

“When some human rights activists reached the police station they were also beaten up and harassed by the policemen, who said they have orders from higher authorities,” said Chandini, a member of Sangama, an NGO working for the rights of eunuchs.

On hearing of the incident, several groups working for rights of sexual minorities reached the police station to mark their protest.

“The police baton charged the group carrying out a peaceful protest outside the police station and detained some more people. Those detained were kept in police custody for two days in inhuman conditions,” said Manohar, a member of Karnataka Sexworkers Union.

“Measures should be taken so that eunuchs and other transsexuals have access to education, employment, heath and housing,” said Lesley, a human rights activist.

Several organisations working for rights of eunuchs, like Naaz Foundation and Savera, participated in Friday’s protest.

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