Karnataka State Transgender Policy: A critique

Over the last 10 years the transgender community in Karnataka has been at the receiving end of different shades of attention and activity in the form of schemes and services from the state government. In the wake of the recently passed Karnataka state transgender (TG) policy, expectations are high and only matched by the urgency of community needs.

A two-day state level consultation was held on March 12 and 13, 2018 to understand the policy document its implications and the possibilities it offers to the community members. The meeting was attended by over 60 TG community leaders, representing 16 districts of Karnataka, and about 20 organisations and networks. Though there were detailed discussions and suggestions on the gaps and time excesses in the law, continuing education, housing, employment and livelihood, reservation and representation, health and medical support, this article is limited to some key overarching issues that require priority attention from the state and civil society.

Contradiction in identification and certification
Self-identification is the standard set by the SC in the NALSA judgement and is crucial to securing support with dignity as far as the community is concerned. In the present policy document, there are two separate sections that suggest two processes.

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