Petition filed against filmmakers for using the word ‘khusra’
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has requested responses from all parties involved in a writ suit filed against the film “Dum Mastam,” which is set to be released on Eidul Fitr, for mocking the transgender community by using the word “Khusra.”
The filmmakers breached the Rights of Citizens and in particular the transgender community by employing a pejorative name ‘Khusra,’ according to the petition filed by Barrister Muhammad Ahmad Pansota. The court was asked to impose an order prohibiting the use of the word “Khusra” in all programming and to ensure that no one ridicules the transgender community.
Why it matters:
Transgender people experience discrimination and are marginalised in society all over the world. The situation for them, known as Hijras in Pakistan, has not improved until March 7, 2018, when the Senate of Pakistan passed the ‘Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018’. (Senate 2018). The bill came as a result of years of marginalisation and cruelty directed at transgender people.