In an alleged incident, Four transgenders were arrested by the police and made to strip in a police station to prove their gender in Tripura.
According to a police complaint filed by one of them, they were also made to write an undertaking that they will never cross-dress. If they are found in such an attire anywhere in the city, they could be arrested, the complaint said.
According to the reports of NDTV, the incident happened on Saturday night after the four emerged from a party in a hotel. The complaint was filed by one of the four on Monday after they were allowed to go.
According to the complaint, the four persons were charged with extortion and taken to West Agartala women’s police station where they were made to strip by both male and women police officers present there.
“In the police station, we were asked by the police to open our clothes and disclose our gender. The most embarrassing thing was that the police kept our wigs and inner garments in the police station”, the complaint said and demanded justice.
The complaint said that they were charged with extortion without any proof .” It is a completely false charge”, it said.
With this, the four LGBT community members claimed that their Right to Privacy had been violated as well as those provided by Section 377 of the National Legal Services Authority judgment of the Supreme Court.
A Tripura Police official said a report on the incident has been sought and the guilty will be punished.
“Our junior officers said that they made preventive arrests under section 151 of IPC (assembly of five or more persons likely to cause disturbance of public peace). I’m not sure what grounds they (the LGBT members) were arrested, we are looking into the matter and have sought a report”, he said.