The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 9
Latika, 39, an Ambala-based transgender, had filed a plea in the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking protection of life and liberty, stating that she is living under constant threat after being allegedly threatened by chelas (associates) of mahant Rajkumari Haji, as she continued asking for offerings in the area even after leaving the dera.
The petitioner was a former associate of Rajkumari and visited door-to-door in 25 villages and neighbouring localities seeking offerings and giving blessings on special occasions. However, Latika parted ways and the mahant started pressuring her to leave the city.
Petitioner’s advocate Maninderjit Singh on September 28 told the court that his client had been attacked and threatened in the past by fellow transgenders under the mahant, Twinkle and Heena along with a driver, Rehmat Ali, alias Laddu, and a local property dealer, Rahul Singh Walia.
“A representation was given to the SHO, police station, Sector 9, Ambala City, in May 2021, but no steps were taken…In June the petitioner was attacked at the police post No.5, who was saved by the police and was dropped home by them. This incident was brought to the notice of the DGP, Haryana, but to no avail. In September, the said accused came to Latika’s house in her absence and had openly threatened to eliminate her if she doesn’t leave Ambala City. This was brought to the notice of the SSP, Ambala, but no action was taken,” the petition says.