India: As per an advisory by the Union home ministry, the authorities of the prisons across India will have to recognise the identities of transgender inmates and ensure their rights are not compromised in any way.
About the advisory:
Jail wardens and state governments have been advised to create separate wards for transgender persons that will not be close to male or female wards. There should be adequate preservation of the right to privacy and dignity in regard to separate toilets and shower facilities, said the advisory issued on January 10.
Prisons may facilitate the process of acquiring transgender identity certificates under the provisions of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, if such a request is made by the person concerned, the ministry said.
About prisoners lodge:
At present there are 70 transgender prisoners lodged in jails in India, National Crime Records Bureau data show.
The advisory said, the self-identity of transgender persons must be respected at all times in regard to admission procedures, medical examination, search, clothing, requisitioning of police escort, treatment and care inside prisons.