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The Cop Menace

May 15, 2011

What is deeply frustrating about a publication like the Bangalore Mirror, is that while they are reporting from a specifically right-wing, conservative perspective — their news continue to have real resonance in the communities that they report on. Take the leader for this appalling development in the news recently. Criminalizing poverty is lauded as a popularity-winning move.

In a belated move that is bound to see Bangalore police’s popularity ratings shoot up, city police commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji has given his force a three-day deadline, starting Friday, to curb the eunuch menace. At various signal junctions across the city, transgenders – sometimes it is just men masquerading as women – harass motorists and collect money from them, and Mirji has authorised his men to arrest such offenders under the Karnataka Police Act. They will be booked either on charges of creating nuisance in public or under the Beggary Act.

Bangalore’s city commissioner has just given an order to legalize the routine verbal, physical and sexual violence that the hijra community faces (as well as much of the street community that begs for a living) from the police (and the larger public). In recent years, Bangalore seems to go through periodic cycles of (ethnic) “cleaning” — targeted groups of people — particularly transgender and sex worker communities. It’s disgusting and sad. Here’s the link to the PUCL press release on the same.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. baggedemotions permalink
    May 15, 2011 5:50 pm

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  2. Ritu permalink
    May 15, 2011 6:29 pm

    I think we should work towards giving the transgenders the right to work, right to education and provide them reservation until the time when racism in the society is dissolved.For Eg: Earlier when caste system was predominantly prevalant in India, it was important for us to give the SC and ST reservations.However, now people are no more marginalising others based on their caste..may be just a minority of them..but that wouldn’t make a difference.
    The current situation demands upliftment of poors and ostracized community like the transgenders why not provide reservation for them and help them be one among us and stop them from beggary. Also, it’s quite sad, that our constitution is so impervious to change…and still continues to support SC&ST contributing to the never ending discrimination.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 2, 2011 10:21 pm

    Maybe you should get outside of your world and see things from another viewpoint. Your blog is funny.

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