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Transwoman moves Kerala High Court seeking ₹10 lakh compensation for denying gender-affirming medical care in jail

The petitioner-transwoman was accused in a crime involving offences punishable under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) for allegedly possessing around 193 grams of MDMA.

The petitioner is also a sex worker. She claimed that she was arrested along with the first accused when they were engaged in sexual intercourse. She said had no prior acquaintance with the first accused and was unaware that he was carrying any contraband, she added.

The petitioner alleged that since November 29, 2023, the day she was arrested, all gender-affirming treatments including hormone therapy were denied by police authorities. She said that this has crushed her mental health and she is now in a dangerously suicidal state.

In April this year, the petitioner approached the trial court for medical bail. However, the report called for by the court from jail authorities has not yet been submitted.

Source: Barandbench

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