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I Have Been Ostracised, Says HIV+ Eunuch at Nashik Jail

Rekha outside court on MondayRekha outside court on Monday
Barely two days after transgender Laxmi was thrown out of Bombay Gymkhana, Bombay High Court accepted an unusual request from Rekha, who is lodged in Nashik jail and is HIV positive. The court accepted Rekha’s request to be transferred to Thane jail, where she will have two others from her ilk for company.

Rekha, in her petition, claimed that she was being ostracised in Nashik jail primarily because she is a transvestite and to add to it suffers from HIV.

“The jail authorities would never let me out at the same time as others. When the others were out I was confined to my cell and when I am sent out, others are locked inside. In fact, recently when I fainted, nobody was ready to even pick me up,” she told Mumbai Mirror.

Rekha pleaded in her petition that if she is shifted to Thane prison she would at least get solace from two transvestites lodged there. “I am in the last stage of life because of my disease. I will at least have two people whom I can talk to. At Nashik I am absolutely lonely,” she said.

The 43–year–old has been convicted for 10 years on charges of rape and immoral trafficking. She was arrested in 2007 and lodged in Thane jail when her case was being tried. In 2009, after she was convicted, she was sent to Nashik jail, where all the convicted prisoners are lodged. Currently she is out on furlough for 15 days and staying with her brother in Kurla. She will go back to jail on April 7.

The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice VK Tahilramani after hearing her side observed that her grievance was different. “It appears that the other prisoners are not friendly with her. They do not allow her to mix with them,” said the bench. The court accepted her request of being shifted to Thane prison as there she would be treated properly by fellow inmates.

The bench also pointed out last month’s HC order that laid down guidelines for HIV positive inmates in lodged in several prisons.

“I have finally heaved a sigh of relief as now I know I will be able to spend my coming years in prison with friendly people. I have also applied for bail which court has said would be considered later,” concluded Rekha.

Meanwhile Anjali Waghmare, legal help for Rekha pointed out that she has also filed an appeal in HC to challenge the conviction.

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Source: Times of India

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