Transgender massages not “sexual activity”: Delhi HC to government
The Delhi High Court ruled on Friday that transgender massages did not constitute “sexual activity” and called on authorities to take no action against such activity while petitions contesting the ban on transgender massages are ongoing.
“Please don’t insist that combination massages should not be performed,” Judge Rekha Palli said in an oral instruction to authorities during the hearing of petitions filed by spas against the woman. government decision which has now been followed by the Delhi municipal corporations.
Senior lawyer Rahul Mehra, representing the government, opposed the adoption of any interim orders in favor of centers offering transgender massages and said authorities will have to act against any illegal activity. The court said it was not saying illegal activities should be allowed.
Mehra previously said that “sexual activity of this type should not be allowed,” to which the court responded forcefully, saying: “Just because this is a transgender massage does not mean that ‘this is sexual activity’. The court said that since it was going to consider the matter now, the authorities should not “rush matters in the meantime”.
The attorney representing the government also argued that not all Ayurvedic resorts, hotels and resorts located in tourist destinations outside of Delhi allow mixed massages. However, the court said, “You are asking your people to hold their hand.”
The Association of Wellness Ayurveda and Spa said in the petition that spa centers in the nation’s capital were regularly harassed for operating mixed spas and were forced to renovate their places to accommodate men and women separately.