Transgender, a taboo in India ?

Greetings Readers,

First of all I apologise for writing after so long. The good news is, I am writing my first novel but that is why I don’t get enough time to write the articles so often. But here I am.

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We live in a world where men and women are considered equal. Where they are doing miracles, achieving extraordinary goals.

But still there is a part of society or I must say nature, which is not doing as great as the men and women. The ” TRANSGENDER “. They are considered improper for the society.

So is transgender a taboo ?

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Transgender people are people who experience a mismatch between their gender identity or gender expression, and their assigned sex. Transgender is also an umbrella term which can include people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), as well as people who are neither exclusively masculine nor exclusively feminine (e.g. people who are genderqueer, bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender).Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition. Other definitions of transgender include third-gender people as transgender or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender and infrequently the term is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers.

 

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It doesn’t matter what people define them to be. But for me, they are human beings.

According to Census 2011 ,

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Indian Census had never recognized third gender i.e. Transgender while collecting census data for years. But in 2011, data of Transgender’s were collected with details related to their employment, Literacy and Caste. In India, total population of transgender is around 4.88 Lakh as per 2011 census. The data of Transgender has been cubbed inside “Males” in the primary data released by Census Department. For educational purpose, separate data of Transgender has been curved out from that.

 

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and the list goes on.  While transgender activists estimate the numbers to be six to seven times higher.

In 2014, the Supreme Court of India legally recognised the transgender community as the “Third Gender”. Prior to the verdict, transgender people were treated as objects of ridicule, prejudice and humiliation who were not only denied their basic human rights but also not recognized as citizens of India. They are also a community negatively stereotyped as eking out a living from begging and commercial sex work.

In India there are a host of socio – cultural groups of transgender people like hijras/ kinnars, and other transgender identities like – shiv-shaktis, jogtas, jogappas, Aradhis, Sakhi, etc. However, these socio-cultural groups are not the only transgender people, but there may be those who do not belong to any of the groups but are transgender persons individually. Though an accurate and reliable estimate of transgender people is not available, it cannot be denied that their number is miniscule compared with the total population of the country.

The transgender community, generally known as “Hijras” in this country, are a section of Indian citizens who are treated by Society as unnaturals and generally as objects of ridicule and even fear on account of superstition. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and ought to be entitled to enjoyment of human rights without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone is entitled to equality before the law and equal protection of the law without any such discrimination. Transgenders are also part of society and have equal, rights as are available to other persons. The discrimination based on their class and gender makes the transgender community one of the most disempowered and deprived groups in Indian society.

 

Despite of the fact that transgender is a third gender in India. Still a lot of problems are being faced by transgenders in their day-to-day life ie. discrimination, lack of educational facilities, unemployment, lack of shelter, lack of medical facilities like HIV care and hygiene, depression, hormone pill abuse, tobacco and alcohol abuse and problems relating to marriage, property, adoption.

You know why ? Not because of government. But because of us. We haven’t accepted them as a part of society till yet. We still get afraid when we see them at traffic signals asking for money in exchange of blessings. We fear, if we don’t give them money, they will put a curse on us. Why !

 

Why do we get uncomfortable whenever we see a transgender ? They are as much human being as we are.

 

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But somewhere, the transgender people are also at fault. They are insecure about their identity. They are not proud of themselves. The nature has created us all in a unique way. We should take pride in that.

My latest sketch will demonstrate the conundrum regarding transgender in our Indian society.

 

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We all are beautiful. We all are proud to have this amazing life. Like this wolf, which is beautiful, bold, aggressive yet patient at the same time. It knows, how to love, how to protect, how to attack. But it is chained. The chains of insecurity, lack of social identity, discrimination, low self esteem have seized the beautiful wolf to express itself.

The wolf is a metaphor for transgender here. You all are beautiful. Break all the chains and free yourself from the orthodox lifestyle. You are not meant to live an inexorable or prewritten lifestyle like a witless ritual. You are meant to write your own destiny and live your life in an extraordinary way to change this world and make it a better place to live in.

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I would request everyone to stop following the discriminative trends set up by this hypocrite world.

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” Transgender is not a taboo. So stop making it one. “

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I can only URGE ! The power is in your hands, the change starts with you. YOU ARE THE CHANGE.
When you will become a change , you will change the world for a better place to live in.
Its a long journey but every journey starts with one step.
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Aim to protect the transgender.
Act within time and when needed to say no discrimination to them.

Achieve the happiness.

AIM , ACT , ACHIEVE

Share this article as much as possible and take a pledge to protect the transgender from social injustice and discrimination.

Harsh Sirohi
Author,
The Hypocrite World

 

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Harsh Sirohi is a Blogger, Social Service Activist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a Dreamer who strongly believes in the power of Optimism and Commencement. He is an organization builder & a strong leader, known for his voluntary and humanitarian work for the society at South Asia level. The Blog on his website will take you to the realities of The Hypocrite World. The alarming issues , the social responsibility , the power of being a Human Being.

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10 thoughts on “Transgender, a taboo in India ?

  1. Sagrika Behl says:

    Well written, one can only urge and motivate people to step out of the common orthodox perspective and start accepting the individual differences.

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  2. Kriti says:

    Hey
    The article you wrote is really nice! It’s a very simple fact that they are humans as well and must be given the same rights and facilities as anyone else.. That said, I do accept it’s scary when they suddenly approach you at the traffic signal, being overly touchy and persuasive.. They just need to be accepted..maybe school curriculum is where we start

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Have ever met a transgender while walking around CP?.. they sometimes are very annoying.. yet i always give them money when they ask in return of there blessings..its the way they have chosen to live their life.. The government acted in their part..they had got equal opportunity in schools n colleges and in any government xams..they are eligible for everything.. but until n unless one will not stand for himself..no one can help him.. U must have heard a quote..GOD HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES..first they have to change there style of living..n they have to understand they are just like us..once they took a stand for their right ,then that day is not far when transgender will not remain a taboo anymore..

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    • HARSH SIROHI says:

      Hey, thanks for reverting and giving your feedback. Yes , they need to stand for themselves. But if you put yourself into their shoes and just hypothetically imagine you being separated from the society. Where one is being called ” Hijada”, ” Chakka”, ” Kinnar”always. No one even calls them a transgender. The ugly face lies beneath ourselves, in our society. When society didn’t accept them, they started doing all this for their survival. It were us, who made them a source of blessings. Thats why I prefer to be an atheist, because God gives you hope but it also makes you weak and superstitious. So unless or until we accept them as normal human beings and start treating them normally. Nothing will change. Laws come and keep on getting amended. So, stop giving them money , start giving them respect.
      Once they will get that respect and dignity, they will stand for themselves.

      P.s – I would request you , not to give money to them. By giving money you are making them beggars. Don’t get afraid. They can’t curse you if you don’t give them money.

      Always do good for people and Karma will award you.

      Stay awesome and keep spreading love & peace.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Harsh what I believed.. They need motivation ..n a hell lot of it..I agree to you that they are separated from the society.. They are one who are abandoned by their own parents..it has to be a bilateral process..I literally said them once you are physically fit please work for your self..but they lack the confidence to call them different.. Of course yes they are being abandoned.. So it is difficult for them to accept the fact that they are just like other people.. There is a need to create awareness between that they too can go school , they too can study, they too had equal opportunity.. May be they are not just aware of there rights..and I think people like you n me have to take a step in letting them knowing what they can do n what are there rights..then only they will be able to take a stand for themselves.. Because at the end they have to face the harsh world..the only cure can be given to them right now is making them realise there capability as a person..
        P.s If I will not give them money they will keep following me throughout the cp market.. (I dont fear a curse and i believe in my karma )..And they will not listen to u ,until and unless u give them something, once I even offered them to work at my place as my maid with all basic amenities.. She just ran away.. And that was the time I realise that they choose to live like this way only..I don’t give money to beggars rather I prefer that I give them something to eat ..

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