Most of them do not have support from their biological family.

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news Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:19

Transgender people require protection the most from police and law enforcing authorities in the country, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Epidemology.

The study also revealed that among 60,000 transgender people in 17 states, most of them do not have support from their biological family, according to Times of India. The team conducted group discussions and interviewed community leaders to understand the social support system for the transgender people.

 According to the study, the transgender people suffer violence most from the police and law-enforcing authorities.

 “Many community members said that they had faced discrimination, physical and sexual abuse from law-enforcing authorities in majority of the states where the study was conducted,” said Thilakavathi Subramanian, corresponding author in the study, as reported in TOI.

These discussions were also to find out the number of transgender clusters un 17 states for improving HIV prevention interventions. Tamil has the highest number of transgender clusters while Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal -Andhra Pradesh had the highest number of transgender people.

During discussions, the transgender people told that some of their families supported them financially but most of them were denied by their families due to ‘social pressure.’ They also added that male members of the family were more against trans-women, Thilakavathi told TOI.

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