40% of trans Indians under 18 were abused

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Indian transgender activists take part in a protest against the Trangenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 at Dharna Chowk in Hyderabad on August 26, 2016. The Trangenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, which was tabled in parliament in early August, is seen as draconian and repressive in nature by the protestors. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

4/10 of transgender people in India faced sexual assault before 18. A survey, completed by the Swati Health Resource Centre asked 2,169 transgender people across three different states and found the shocking statistics. 44% of respondents reported 2,811 separate occasions of violence – bring the average to three incidents per person. Emotional violence was most common with 1,228 reporting an incident, followed closely by 802 reports of physical abuse and 781 reports of sexual violence. The survey also analysed the education and living standards of transgender people living in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It found that 30% of this surveyed had not received an education and 30% were living alone, primarily due to rejection from their families. One of the country’s trans activists says that the figures are approximate, because trans women are often abused for sex and abandoned, but they are not courageous enough to speak about it.

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