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.


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 ?


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.



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

According to Census 2011 ,

Transgender in India

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.




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.


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


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

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.
Aim to protect the transgender.
Act within time and when needed to say no discrimination to them.

Achieve the happiness.


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

Harsh Sirohi
The Hypocrite World




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.



Dowry – a villainous still exists

Greetings Readers,


We live in a world where science is doing miracles, people are doing extraordinary and nature is doing incredible things, well nature has always done incredible things since the beginning.

But still a lot of evil practices prevail in the world. The most traumatising fact about these practices is that they are not practices anymore , they have become our life styles , they have become us.


One such practice is Dowry.

” A dowry is a transfer of parental property at the marriage of a daughter. Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and dower “
But according to me DOWRY only means a system to destroy marriages.
Well, there are two type of people in INDIA , one who demand for DOWRY and one who don’t demand for dowry. Right ?
As I said , dowry is no more a practice , it has got so much into our lives that it has become us.
So whether you demand it or not , still its in the practice. In India , we see and attend a lot of marriages and we often see in our family, how ceremonies are done and a lot of cash and other expensive gifts are given to the bridegroom and to his family members.
Because it is how we celebrate the marriage and ceremonies.
People who demand for dowry are the worst, they harass the bride sexually, mentally, physically and torture her to bring money, expensive gifts, property and valuables from her family for them.
One woman dies every hour due to dowry related reasons on an average in the country, which has seen a steady rise in such cases between 2007 and 2011, according to official data.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures state that 8,233 dowry deaths were reported in 2012 from various states. The statistics work out to one death per hour.
The number of deaths under this category of crime against women were 8,618 in 2011 but the overall conviction rate was 35.8 per cent, slightly above the 32 per cent conviction rate recorded in the latest data for 2012.
The NCRB statistics show that 91,202 dowry deaths were reported in the country from January 1, 2001 to December 31 2012.
A State wise break-up provided in the statistics show that the highest incidence of dowry deaths was in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. During the period, 23,824 dowry deaths were reported in U.P. and 19,702 sent for trial. In Bihar 13,548 cases were reported during the period and 9,984 sent for trial.
In general, the custom of dowry imposes a financial burden upon families with daughters that can be especially heavy when the family has few or no sons who might themselves attract wives with dowries.Dowry had disappeared from most of Europe by the beginning of the twentieth century, but remains a common practice in south Asia, specially India.
In India, marriage is a bond between two families , not just two souls. Thats what we have heard and we believe, WRONG !
A marriage is supposed to be a bond between two souls only. But due to socio-cultural reasons we are forced to think that way. We often seek the marriage to happen between the same status.
Financially, socially and even CASTE !
But seriously , CASTE ? Why people are so bothered about caste or money ! This is why Inter caste marriages in most parts of the India is still a dream. Such a hypocrite society to live in.
We see a lot of politicians speaking about poverty, development, security. But why no one is talking about dowry. We talk about educating people , as education is the key to eliminate and eradicate every demonic practices.
But mostly the educated people are concerned about their social status. This is the segment of the society which doesn’t think about taking dowry but still it is practiced.
Why every parent of a daughter thinks about marriage as a burden to their pockets , why it is always a concern to think about getting a lot of things done in a marriage to match the status of others in the society.
All the expenses of the marriage and its functions should be take care of by the 2 partners. They are getting married , they must do it, no one else. Spend and make arrangements according to your pocket and savings. You don’t need to show others how was your marriage. Its is not theirs , but yours. The closed friends and family members must be a part of it , but the families shouldn’t be forced to bear any financial obligations.
The marriage is for getting united , not to show people that you have money or you can spend it on your children.
We specially the Males, who are young and educated need to take an oath that we don’t ask from our future wife or her family members to bear any cost of marriage or the ceremonies. You and her will sit, discuss and plan your wedding and only you two will bear the expenses.
Lets not make marriage a business or deal. It is meant to be a sacred way of getting two should united for lifetime.

ay No to Dowry.

Books can be written about dowry; a blog is simply too short. But isn’t it time we got young people angry again? Most of the people and social service activists who’ve fought for decades are tired. We need young blood to use the internet to restart the campaigns.


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.


Aim to Protect your future wife

Act within time and when needed to say no to dowry

Achieve the safety, happiness of your beloved and a prosperous happy married life.


Share this article as much as possible and Pledge to protect Women from Dowry.

Harsh Sirohi
The Hypocrite World