Delhi HC bats for transgender student Shivy, lets him go back home to US

In a judgment which has major implications for gender identity in India, the Delhi HC directed the police to give protection to a transgender student, Shivy, so that he could return to the US.

FP Staff October 07, 2015 14:29:28 IST
Delhi HC bats for transgender student Shivy, lets him go back home to US

In a judgment which has major implications for gender identity in India, the Delhi High Court on Monday directed the police to give protection to a transgender student, Shivy, so that he could return to the United States, news reports said.

The Indian Express reported that Shivy is a green card holder studying in the United States, and that his parents brought him to India on a false pretext. Later, they reportedly took away his passport and other documents.

Delhi HC bats for transgender student Shivy lets him go back home to US

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BBC reported that the High Court called the harassment meted out to him as 'bigotry' and that India was a land of tolerance. According to the Indian Express report, the court had referred to a landmark order of the Supreme Court which recognised transgenders as the third gender and asked the government to take measures to improve their condition.

A neurobiology student at the University of California, Shivy was illegally confined at his grandparents' home in Agra when he came to visit them with his parents in July, earlier this year.

Shivy, who was born Shivani Bhat, said he was subjected to domestic abuse even at his California home, and was later forced to remain in Agra against his will.

In the first week of September, he was forced to marry a boy of his parents' choice, Shivy said, adding that he was also forced to enroll at Dayalbagh Educational Institute in Agra.

With the help of Nazariya, a queer feminist group, he managed to leave his grandparents' home in Agra for Delhi, an incident which forced his parents to file a missing person's complaint with Uttar Pradesh Police, he said.

Shivy said he had a strong support from the LGBT community in the US, and that he would work his way through college, and support himself thereafter. The 19-year old has been living in the US since he was three years old.

With inputs from IANS

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