A transgender man has said he was tricked into going to India by his parents, who then tried to force him into an arranged marriage to ‘fix’ him.
Delhi High Court last week (22 September) granted him protection after he ran away from his family home in Agra earlier this month.
Shivy, 19, is an Indian citizen but has lived in California since the age of three.
His ordeal began in mid-June with when he got into an argument with his mother over his decision to cut his hair short.
His mother confiscated his phone and found out he was transgender and had a girlfriend.
‘She was furious and I didn’t feel safe at all,’ Shivy said in a video appeal. ‘And so I left my home in the US.’
But shortly after, he was tricked into going to India by his mother who said his grandmother was very ill.
In the middle of what was supposed to be a two-week trip, Shivy was told he would not be returning to the US, but would be married off to another man to ‘fix’ him.
‘After I went to India, she was quite hostile towards me both verbally and sometimes physically,’ he said.
‘She would say constantly, “Behave like a proper girl. You are not transgender. You are disgusting.”‘
Shivy managed to escape and sought help from LGBTI group Nazariya, who arranged legal counsel and shelter in for him Delhi.
‘I feel so much safer with this police help that came out of this high court order, and I just hope I can successfully get my documents and be freed from my parent’s control,’ he said.
Watch the video below: