The court also termed it "ironical and hypocritical" that in India while a male gets himself castrated with the sole purpose of achieving monetarys gains by acquiring the 'badhai ' rights, suggestion of giving castration as punishment to serial rapists evokes strong sentiments.
"... The mere mention of castration (chemical or surgical) as a form of punishment for serial rapist and paedophiles, evokes strong sentiments and kicks up an intellectual storm by terming it as Talibanic and barbaric, despite its legalisation in the so-called civil world," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

"The law as it stands, of now, is that emasculation/  castration of a male by his own volition and consent is not an offence and it is only a forcible emasculation/ castration which is an offence," the court said.

In the custom of 'badhai', transgenders or eunuchs sing, dance and confer blessings and the power to confer blessings on people on auspicious occasions like childbirth and marriage was given to them by Lord Rama, the court noted in its verdict.

It added that the country should not encourage such regressive practices of collection of 'badhai' traditionally stereotyped to a particular gender i.e. eunuchs or transgenders which are required to be immediately banned in terms of the established law.
The court gave benefit of doubt and acquitted accused Bobby and Khalibuddin, who were listed in a charge sheet by Delhi Police for allegedly conniving with complainant Ramesh to get him castrated.

Co-accused Lalita, Ram Babu, Lakshmi and Shobha, all belonging to transgender or eunuch community, were discharged by the court earlier of the charges of conspiring and castrating Ramesh with an in tention that it may lead to his death.

50-year-old Ramesh had earlier filed a complaint alleging that he was having some disputes relating to monetary gains with the accused and on the pretext of solving the issue, they
called him and gave him a sedatives-laced drink after which he became unconscious.
When he regained consciousness, he saw that he has been castrated and his along with his filed a complaint at Mongolpuri Police Station here.
Whereas, later on Ramesh told the police and the court that he got himself castrated with his own consent to get the 'badhai' rights as he was removed from the group on the ground that he was a male and these rights belonged to transgenders.

Ramesh was earlier a part of the group as a drummer. The court pulled the investigating officer (IO) of the case for filing the charge sheet in the court in contravention of the existing law and said he has made "mockery of law".

It said if the IO had not found the allegations against accused Lalita, Ram Babu, Lakshmi and Shobha to be true, the only option he had was to file a closure report in the court.

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