What led to the marginalisation of the Transgender community in India?

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The British era Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 persecuted trans people and relegated them to the margins of society. The Act pronounced the entire community of Hijra persons as innately ‘criminal’ and ‘addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences’. The Act mandated the registration and surveillance of trans people, and they could be arrested without warrant, sentenced to imprisonment up to two years, fined or both. However, we believe that our country is uniquely positioned at this moment in time to correct history after decades of persecution.