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The Third Sex and Human Rights

 
Rajesh Talwar (Author)
Synopsis The hijras in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh represent a terribly marginalized minority community, to the extent that they are even ignored by human rights activists. In this book, the author argues that their situation can be compared with that of transsexuals in the west, both in terms of the psycho-social compulsions faced by a man who voluntarily decides to become a hijra or alternately a male to female transsexual as well as in terms of the complications regarding marriage, adoption and sexual status. In this book, the author has made a unique comparative study of the human rights abuses and legal problems faced by members of the ‘third sex’ in the West and India. Relevant and important documents, not available elsewhere, concerning sexual minorities have also been included in the annexures, such as the petition filed by the AIDS Bhedbhav Virodhi Andolan (AIDS anti Discrimination Movement) challenging the criminalization of homosexuality, together with relevant extracts from international human rights treaties. This book is essential reading for human rights activists, social scientists, those connected with the law and the concerned citizen.
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About the author

Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar is a lawyer by profession and has also taught law to L.L.B. students at Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia for a period of six years. In 1996 he went to the U.K. on a British Chevening scholarship, from where he did his L.L.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on legal and non-legal subjects for various newspapers and magazines, and has authored several books, both non-fiction as well as fiction. Making Your Own Will (Vision Books, 1992) was followed by The Judiciary on Trial (Cosmos, 1995), How to choose Your Lawyer (Vision Books, 1998), The Divorce Handbook (Vision Books, 1999), The Third Sex and Human Rights (Gyan Publishing House, 1999), Inside Gayland (Kalpaz Publications, 2001) and The Laws of E-Business in India (Vision Books, 2001).

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A Reviewer - Eye Opener! Jan, 01, 1970
 

This book is a real eye opener. I hadn't realised many things about the AIDS pandemic and the position of sexual minorities despite having been connected with the issue for many years. Talwar's book is an eye opener and makes you realise how ignorant many of us are about some basic issues surrounding AIDS.

Bibliographic information

Title The Third Sex and Human Rights
Author Rajesh Talwar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121206421
length 216p., References; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.