Right to dignified life remains distant dream for transgenders

Bhayandar: Be it Swachh Bharat Mission, anti-drug rallies or playing the role of Police Mitra’s in Road Safety Missions – the transgender community has always been at the forefront to help the authorities. However, in return they receive a cold shoulder response from the government as the community continues to be deprived of their rights to live a dignified life.

A section of transgender right activists candidly voiced their sentiments and concerns over the future of their community at a seminar held by the District Legal Services Authority with the Thane (rural) police in Bhayandar on Friday. Attended by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Khair, senior police inspector Rajendra Kamble and API  Sanjay Bangar, the seminar focused on the critical aspect of the legal rights and remedies  for the local transgender population.

Members of the city-based Kinnar Maa Trust  embarked on a voluntary mission to help construct 7,500 toilets in Palghar district and also launch an awareness drive to propagate the message of sanitation. “Faced with a daunting task of taking care of  HIV affected, old aged and physically challenged members of the community, our repeated pleas for an ‘ashram’ (shelter home ) has gone to deaf ears for the past several years,” rued Jatin Maharaj who says that lack of facilities has pushed a large section of the transgender community to the periphery of society as outcasts, most resort to begging, dancing at social functions or become sex workers. Another matter of concern raised in the seminar was the menace of fake transgender who were not only  tarnishing the reputation of the originals  but also robbing their share of money.

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