ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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How Can Families be Imagined Beyond Kinship and Marriage?

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 and the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2019 reinforce the idea of family as a patriarchal, heterosexual and casteist institution and fail to account for other models of "chosen families'"and intimacies that co-exist in India. Given that the Supreme Court has recognised the right to intimacy as a core component of autonomy and privacy, the article makes a case for the law to fundamentally rethink the way it regulates personal relationships and in doing so, adopt a more functional" approach.

We Refuse to be Subjects of Experiment for Those Who Do Not Understand Us: Transgender Persons Bill

Bhavitha, a hijra person from Warangal, Telangana, was found dead on 2 December near a dustbin. The police did not allow her sisters and other hijra persons, to claim her body, because apparently, only biological parents or “blood relations” can lay such claims. Her body is not hers, but of the society. Burning her body might delete her corporeal existence, but the marks of the collective trauma that queer-trans people face every moment of their lives can never be erased. It is better to burn after death than to burn every day, and yet the heat kills only us, and not the ones who light the...

Limiting Gender Variance

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 which was introduced in the Lok Sabha seems to be a watered-down version of the previous private member bill by Tiruchi Siva. It has seen much opposition from the trans community as major provisions pertaining to a rights framework have been diluted. An analysis of the weaknesses of the new bill highlights the need for further discussion.
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