Assam’s first transgender judge Swati Bidhan Baruah will be one among 20 member judges to mediate cases in a Lok Adalat in Guwahati on Saturday
The Hush Post: A history would be created in Assam on Saturday when a transgender judge would mediate as judge in a Lok Adalat in Guwahati on Saturday. After West Bengal and Maharashtra, Assam will become third state to get its first transgender judge.
Transgender judge Swati Bidhan Baruah would be one among 20 other judges to mediate cases in a Lok Adalat on Saturday, The Telegraph reported.
Before that, West Bengal had appointed Joyita Mondal as the country’s first transgender judge in July 2017. In February, Maharashtra appointed Vidya Kamble as a member judge in a Lok Adalat in Nagpur.
The Kamrup (metro) district legal service authority has appointed a 26-year-old Baruah, a mediator in pre-litigation cases related to finance companies. A retired district and sessions judge H Ali Hazarika will preside over the bench.
Baruah had moved the Bombay High Court in 2012 seeking permission to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, which her family opposed. She won the case and underwent the procedure. Last year, Baruah moved the Gauhati High Court seeking necessary steps to secure the rights and welfare of transgender persons, it was reported.
“I hope this [the appointment] will make people realise that transgenders are not untouchables and the stigma we are facing because of lack of a policy for welfare of the community,” Baruah was quoted by The Telegraph. “Transgenders are still taunted in public places and even beaten up by the police. That needs to stop and society should make us feel part of it,” Baruah was further quoted.