Tired of the long wait for a sex change operation, continuous interference from parents and depleting finances, 21-year-old Bidhan Barua has asked for immediate relief from court. A restraining order against his parents or a nod for suicide is what he wants.
His letters have been sent to the chief justice of Bombay high court, the Chief Justice of India and National Human Rights Commission.
Thwarted by his parents and stonewalled by the hospital where the surgery was scheduled for April 17, Barua had moved Bombay high court last month. On Friday, the bench had asked him to approach another bench.
In his letter, Barua, who now lives in Mumbai, wrote he was fast running out of cash.
His “surgery fund” had been put together with money from odd jobs and some money given by his Air Force flight lieutenant boyfriend.
But his family had blocked his bank account, which the bank later unblocked. Due to the unstable state of his finances, he was having trouble meeting his day-to-day expenses and advocate’s fee. The court had no time to hear his case as the court felt it was not urgent, he wrote.
According to Barua, his boyfriend had come to Mumbai last month and they met in Byculla. He then left for his hometown in Madhya Pradesh and has now reported back for duty to Gujarat, where he is posted.
“He has been giving me money for the surgery and other expenses,” Barua added. After his case became public through media reports, he started getting calls from his family, warning him of dire consequences, he said.
In the letter, Barua threatened to kill himself if he was not able to feed himself or get a direction from the court for surgery.