Lost Identity: Transgender Persons in Indian Prisons
This report sheds light on issues faced by Transgender persons confined in Indian prisons. Through an analysis of the international and domestic legal frameworks, and the information received from 34 States/UTs, it provides relevant information on compliance within prisons with existing legal frameworks relevant to protecting the rights of Transgender persons in prisons, especially in terms of recognition of a third gender, allocation of wards, search procedures, efforts towards capacity building of prison administrators etc.
The recommendations of the report have been finalised through a consultative process with individuals and experts, including representatives from the community, community-based organisations as well as researchers and academicians working on this issue. This report aims to enhance the understanding of these issues among stakeholders such as prison administrators, judicial officers, lawyers, legal service providers as well as other non-state actors in order to better inform policymaking, and ensure that decisions made with respect to LGBTI+ persons in prisons are cognizant and sensitive towards their rights and special needs.