This went out about ten minutes ago. Anyone wanting to help, very welcome to get in touch.
Is the UK legal system in the business of killing the transgendered?
One would hope not. However, according to writer and sexual rights activity, Jane Fae, the decision taken this morning by Judge Pontius at the Old Bailey to consign a trans woman awaiting trial for murder to an all-male prison is “legally ignorant, irresponsible, and dangerous”.
Jane said: “I am disgusted at the decision by Judge Pontius to order that Nina Kanagasingham be remanded, awaiting trial, in Wandsworth – a male prison.
“This is legally ignorant – in that under the Equality Act 2010, the fact that Nina is already undergoing treatment for her gender condition and identifies as female suggests strongly she should be remanded to a women’s prison – irrespective of whether she has “completed” her treatment to the satisfaction of a judge.”
“Far worse, however, is that by sending her to a male prison, he is actively condemning her to a situation where it is highly likely she will suffer victimisation, abuse or serious injury”.
“Quite apart from the danger to Nina, this decision demonstrates an absolute lack of respect for her personally, or the likely trauma she will suffer by being incarcerated in an all-male facility.
Jane went on: “I have this morning spoken with the EHRC and the Office of the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone. I have asked that the Minister intervene personally – and have put her Office on notice that if any harm befalls Nina, then the transgendered community will hold the government and the legal system directly responsible”.
Jane is now consulting with others in the community in respect of possible direct action to take on this issue.
Jane has also spoken with the Old Bailey and stated that the trans community will hold Judge Pontius personally responsible for any harm that comes to the accused in this case.