Mapusa: Mapusa Police Inspector Tushar Lotlikar has asked the people to dial 100 if being harassed by gender-neutral persons in the market area.
Locals claim that there are over twelve gender-neutral persons operating in Mapusa market area who roam around pestering commuters and locals for alms. If request for money is turned down, they abuse and behave in a rude manner.
On a complaint from Pravin Asolkar, an activist of Swaraj Gomantak group, the Mapusa police had arrested three gender-neutral persons at Duler for demanding money, on August 31. They were later released by a local Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) after fining them.
The PI has assured strict action against the gender-neutral persons operating in Mapusa, if the harass the general public.
Meanwhile, Lotlikar said that he has no data on the number of gender-neutral persons living in Mapusa.
“As per our record, we have not received any tenant verification of gender-neutral persons in Mapusa jurisdiction. Probably, they are coming from outside. After the recent arrest of three of them, the number of gender-neutral persons operating in Mapusa market has come down a lot. If people are being harassed, they should call the police without hesitation. We will arrest them and take the necessary action,” Lotlikar assured.
Commenting on the effect his complaint had, Asolkar said, “I am happy to see that after one incident of arrest, the numbers of gender-neutral persons operating in Mapusa town has dropped.” [H]