Don’t Forget AFSPA

28 Mar

AFSPAIn the run-up to the coming elections, there is an urgent need to create a political pressure for repeal of AFSPA. While political parties are focussing on secularism, democracy and development, they have completely ignored the long-standing demand of the people of Kashmir and North-East India to repeal AFSPA.  A march is being organised on 30th March, jointly by various organisations, activists and individuals  to bring the pressing demand to repeal AFSPA into the political theater before the elections. Join in to show your solidarity and support. 

When: Sunday 30th March, 1 pm onwards

Where: from Mandi House metro station to Jantar Mantar. 

All organisations can extend their support through participation in this march. Details will be updated from time to time at

Jointly Organised By: Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, AIPWA, AISA, RYA, Voices Against 377, DSF, NAPM, Right Water Campaign & other like minded organisations

Contact info:

What is AFSPA?

AFSPA or Armed Forces Special Powers Act, passed in 1958, rules all the north east states(except Sikkim) and Jammu and Kashmir. It was imposed to check insurgency. AFSPA allows shooting the “suspects” and provides legal immunity to the army men. Because of this, in the name of protecting law and order, AFSPA has led to extra judicial killingsfake encountersillegal detentionstorture and rapes. The law was enforced in Manipur in 1980 and was supposed to last six months but it continues to destroy it till today.

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Why is AFSPA a queer feminist issue?

At the most basic level, it is an issue of human and democratic rights being grossly violated. You can read more about the violations under AFSPA here:

When the Supreme Court’s judgement upholding section 377  said that it only affects a ‘minuscule minority’ of Indians, many of us were rightly furious. A set of people can’t be treated badly because there are only a few of them. The government, constitution and state are all supposed to ensure that everyone in the country is treated equally and has equal access to their rights. In this case, several states are being systematically denied their rights and oppressed by violence, with no recourse to the law, and because of their minority/marginalised status, they cannot do anything about it. As queer people, we should stand in solidarity with them, because this is the same battle we are fighting, on another front. 

Violence under AFSPA is highly gendered: illegal kidnapping, rape, torture and murder all disproportionately affect women more. There are no substantiated studies about violence against trans* people under AFSPA but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist: trans* people are even less able to seek redressal against sexual or gendered violence than cis-gendered women. As queer women and genderqueer or trans* people, we should stand in solidarity against this violence.

 India supposedly prides itself on its diversity. At the same time, people who are different — who look different, who eat different food, who wear different clothes, who have sex differently, who believe or don’t believe in different faiths, who want different lives, — are constantly under pressure to conform. In a diverse country, wanting everyone to conform to one faith or ideology is as stupid as wanting them to speak only one language or follow only one sexuality. To do this via violence and oppression is even worse. So, as queer feminists, to ensure our own place in the diversity of possibilities, we have to stand in solidarity with others who are also trying to carve out their own spaces.

ट्रांस मीटिंग | Trans* meeting

26 Mar
क़श्ती में हमने सोचा है कि एक ट्रांस मीटिंग का होना भी जरूरी है । ये इसिस्लिये क्युकी ट्रांस लोगो के जो मुद्दे हे वो अलग है और उनके लिए भी एक सेफ स्पेस कि जरुरत हे। इसी सन्दर्भ में हमने कुछ ट्रांस लोगों से बात कि थी और उनके सामने ये प्रस्ताव रखा था कि क्या वो इस मीटिंग में आ सक्ते है और साथ में अन्य ट्रांस लोगो से मिलके उन्हे भी इस मीटिंग के बारे में बताए। मीटिंग में ftm, genderqueer, butch सब पहचानो के लिए होनी चाहिए, जो भी female  assigned at birth trans masculine खुद को मानते हे।

अप्रैल से शुरू कर के, हर दूसरे महीने एक ट्रांस  मीटिंग होगी। पेहेली मीटिंग में हमें कुछ एजेंडा भी बनाना होगा और सोचना होगा कि ज्यादा से ज्यादा ट्रांस लोग, खासकर वर्किंग क्लास लोग, को कैसे शामिल करें ।  सोचा है कि यह मीटिंग अप्रैल में 13 तारिख़, जो कि एक सन्डे हे को रखें । आप में से कोन इसके प्लानिंग का हिस्सा होना चाहते हे प्लीज हमें email डालें ( या हेल्पलाइन के नंबर पर फ़ोन करें ताकि हम अलग से प्लानिंग कर सके।

Many of us at Qashti have felt the need for a trans* meeting, since many of the issues facing transmasculine people are different from those facing cis-gendered queer women. After discussing with several trans* people we have realised that it is necessary to have a safe space for transmasculine people to meet. This meeting is open for FTM, genderqueer, butch, and all other people who consider themselves transmasculine and were assigned female at birth.
Starting in April, and then once every two months, we will host such a trans* meeting. At the first meeting we will draw up an agenda and think about ways to include more transmasculine people, particularly those from the working class. We are thinking of having the first meeting on 13th April, which is a Sunday. If you would like to be part of planning this meeting, please email us at or call us on the helpline number (see sidebar).

Qashti Talks Politics!

26 Mar

Elections are around the corner and everyone is concerned about which political party to vote for, and we are just as confused too. As queer people, as female assigned at birth, as genderqueer and transmasculine people, it’s high time we talk about why it is important to be politically conscious and to concern ourselves with not-explicitly-sexuality-related issues. What are the implications the upcoming election choices have on our lives and the linkages we try to draw between queer and progressive causes? Come join us for chai, debate and discussion with Jaya Sharma, a feminist, queer rights activist, from the NOMOre campaign. (
Date: Saturday, 29th March, 2014
Time: 5 pm
Venue : details to be sent out to those who confirm.
Please confirm there or write to if you plan to come. However, remember Qashti is a safe space for LBT people assigned gender female at birth. Apologies for being so strict!

Calling Students

24 Mar



Inviting LBT students who are currently studying or have recently studied on Delhi campuses to a workshop designed for discussing and sharing of experiences on campus. This is part of a  study on the resilience strategies adopted by LGBTQIA on Delhi campuses

If interested, please RSVP to

When: Saturday March 29th
Time: 12 pm

Dance Party on February 15th (Saturday) 2014

5 Feb

1558573_239377322900080_374103835_nTo celebrate one year anniversary of Qashti, LBT folks suggested that we should have a party. So here it is. Come dance the evening away with other queer folks. Bring drinks and snacks to share!

Please note: this space is a safe space for lesbian, bisexual and trans people assign female at birth.

For details about the event (the party will be somewhere in South Delhi), please add Qashti as a friend on Facebook or write to us at

15 Jan

Happy Birthday Qashti

Time: 3 pm

Date: 18th Jan 2013

happy bday Qashti

Hello rainbow folks! Qashti in this form completed one year in December 2013. In January 2013 we had our first matargashti. So join us to celebrate the birthday of Qashti with music, cakes and chai.
Friends are always welcome but please keep in mind that Qashti aims to be a safe space for LBT and Gender Queer persons assigned ‘female at birth’ (FAB).


This is our facebook page. Please join us :

Or call us at 9711282081, 9711282307 to know the exact location. It will be somewhere in South Delhi


SC Verdict meetings and protests

13 Dec

Max Mueller Bhavan, 6:30pm, Saturday, December 14th.

Gather to understand the judgment, talk, share, vent, come together.
This event is not open to the media — it’s a space for the community (of all genders and sexualities) to come together, discuss, think through what’s going on and where to go from here. Informal and unstructured, but we’ll have a few legal experts start by breaking down the judgment.

Spread the word! The event will be in English and Hindi with translation both ways.

Metro: Patel Chowk/Rajiv Chowk.

– Voices Against 377
Jantar Mantar, 3 pm, Sunday, December 15th.

On December 11th, 2013, The Supreme Court of India reinstated the Criminality of Homosexuality in India. This Judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world. While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. Loud and Clear.

This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world. It is a blow to the various other LGBTIQ communities across the world who might have …taken strength from the Indian story to challenge laws/social norms/prejudices that criminalise homosexuality in their own countries. It is time we begin to heal this lasting scar of colonialism. It is time we are given the space and freedom to pursue the work of fundamental social change which is made impossible with a law such as Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code choking us.

Gather your friends, lovers and anyone else who is enraged by this injustice. Make your voices heard.

Events are happening in many cities across the world! Organise one in yours or join one that is happening!
For more details:
Global Day of Rage, Delhi:
Global Day of Rage, World-wide:

Pride month

5 Nov

Owing to pride festivities and excitement, we are canceling Matargashtis this month. Not to worry, Matargashtis will return next month. 

Stay tuned and see you all at pride (November 24th)!


The Qashti Team.

24 Oct

Qashti invites you to a Movie Evening this Saturday. Itty Bitty Titty Committee is a feministlesbian-related comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit. It was released on September 28, 2007. High School grad and all American gal, Anna finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.

Director: Jamie Babbit

Come with friends, but remember Qashti is a space for lesbian, bisexual and transpeople assigned female at birth.

To know where it is shown, please call 9711282307. Or join us on facebook – Qashti LBT ( (1)

Qashti Ki Matargashti- Play and Say

11 Sep

Join us this Saturday for card games, board games, word games AND intense and exciting conversations: we hope to have a range of activities for all to get a chance to hang out, meet old friends and new people and have a bunch of great discussions!

qashti Please feel free to bring snacks and refreshments (non-alcoholic). You’re welcome to bring friends but please keep in mind that this space is only for lesbian, bisexual and trans* persons assigned FEMALE at birth.

Join us on facebook to know the details or call us at 9711282307 for any clarification/direction.