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Transgender seeks arrest of eunuch leader Rajni

Ajay Pal (17), who calls himself a transgender, demanded on Friday that eunuch leader Rajni Rawat be arrested for allegedly harassing him

dehradun Updated: Feb 02, 2018 21:37 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Ajay Pal (right), along with Oshin Sarkar, a transgender, addresses media persons in Dehradun.(Vinay Santosh Kuma/HT Photo)

Ajay Pal (17), who calls himself a transgender, demanded on Friday that eunuch leader Rajni Rawat be arrested for allegedly harassing him.

Pal, who has plans to undergo sex reassignment surgery, told the media that no action has been taken against Rawat in the harassment case. “I will also seek support from the Human Rights Commission if I do not get justice in a week’s time,” said a teary-eyed Pal.

Pal, who was born a male but identifies himself as a female, came in public view on the Republic Day when doctors at Coronation Hospital decided to extend him medical support for gender surgery. He was allegedly beaten up by Rawat and her supporters at his residence on January 28 in Raipur area. Pal alleged that his hair was cut and he was beaten up with a burning log.

He was admitted to hospital and discharged on Friday morning. Pal had filed an FIR at the Raipur police station.

Rawat had told media persons earlier that Pal had started demanding ‘badhai’ like eunuchs, which, she claimed, was an encroachment into the domain of their community.

Pal said, “Even the state government is scared of Rajni Rawat who had beaten me; police are not doing anything to arrest her.”

His supporter Oshin Sarkar, also a transgender who came from Chandigarh where she is studying, claimed that she decided to study in Chandigarh because of the tyranny of Rawat. “Because of Rajni Rawat, the atmosphere here is highly risky for transgenders,” Sarkar told the media.

They also showed a video clip in which Rawat and her supporters were seen beating Pal. Seventy-year-old Shamsher Singh Pal, Ajay Pal’s uncle, also demanded justice. Ajay Pal’s brother Sachin and his wife Seema had brought his torn clothes, burning log and other items to support their claim.

Rawat could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

The Uttarakhand State Aids Control Society does not have a comprehensive data of transgenders who are enrolled for HIV-testing and counselling programmes. Non-government organisation Sead, which works among LGBT community, puts the number of transgenders in the state capital at over 100.

Kusum Ghildiyal, who runs the NGO, said, “Such a divide is routine unless the government comes forward to protect the individuality of every resident.”

Dr LC Punetha, chief medical superintendent at Coronation Hospital, said, “The hospital extended him medical support but it’s the responsibility of police and administration to protect his (Pal’s) rights.”

Nivedita Kukreti, Dehradun senior superintendent of police (SSP), assured action. “We are investigating the case and promise to take action against those found guilty.”

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 21:37 IST