Indian Constitution has maintained principles like Equality, Fraternity and No Discrimination in its Preamble. Article 15 states the state shall not reject any person from equality before the law. Article 21 ensures protection of life and personal liberty. Article 377 recognises gender presence and rights. All these articles and yet the society has been in the taboos about the third or other genders. We went through LGBTQ+ pride month, a long generation gap, fought through social media and real life. But have things changed? Do you think there are no more transgenders on the streets seeking for money, spiritual apt, running their daily lives smoothly without any deterrents like finance, opportunities or eyes of society, do you really think so?
Let us have a look at the schemes that Indian government has confirmed for transgenders -
1) Sweekriti - A scheme promoting Transgender equality and justice.
2) Transgender protection cell.
3) Garima Greh - shelter home for transgender people. ( Vadodara, Gujrat)
4) National Portal for a transgender person, 2020. ( for a certificate for their gender identity).
5) Transgender Persons Act, 2019
6) Medical and vaccination facilities and many such steps have been commenced.
Atri Kar is the first transgender civil servant in India. UPSC recognizes the transgender.Naaz Joshi is India's first transgender international beauty queen.
But the primary question is are transgenders able to utilize the government support?
The answer still lies on highways, local trains, lanes of sub urban areas and many underdeveloped places where the scenario of transgenders hasn't yet changed.
What can we do to raise awareness of these government schemes?
1) Spreading awareness about digital and physical support among transgenders and society about the government aids or Non-Profits.
2) Informing NGOs/ NPOs about transgenders who are insecure or unsafe( financially, environmentally, etc) or vice versa.
Numerous active NGOs /NPOs are ; Sahodari foundation, Udaan Trust, Gay Bombay, Saphho for equality, Humsafar trust. You can easily contact them via google.
3) Massive advertisements, support rallies or interactions can help them to reach the right place. (note, to do the following in the hotspots or local areas)
4) We should teach society heads or people, more about the transgender, to normalize their existence and show them the right path.
5) We must be a catalyst or a link between transgenders and their aids, help to reach them the right place and utilise the right talent - that's how a dutiful nation grows and society shifts in a positive space.
Even after every hard work there lays absences or loopholes. Today transgenders may not be fully empowered or the society is yet in a process of enlightenment but let us make sure they are not oppressed or humiliated. Let's support society to expand its space of acceptance, aware more people and look for more different ways to benefit the transgenders.
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