Ever pictured yourself facing disgrace and humiliation on social, economic, moral and humanitarian grounds? All at once! Well, there is one such faction prevailing in our society, commonly recognized as the transgenders or ‘hijra’. Transgender people in the country of India have had a tumultuous history. From deification to damnation, they have been revered and feared by people who understood less about them. They have become victims of harassment on a variety of levels where micro aggressions are fewer than the open discrimination that they have everlastingly faced.
A nation’s legal system is integral to how its citizens look upon issues that concern the country in general and their individual lives in particular. It is indeed very puzzling to create a cohesive movement to ensure equal rights and treatment of transgender people across the board.
Mocking all of this, the Union Cabinet approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 for introduction in Parliament and this bill is expected to bring social, educational and economic empowerment to the transgender community. To a community that has been ostracized and discriminated against for so long, this bill could mean a chance to live a life of dignity and impartiality.
The revised bill allow transgenders the freedom to exercise their right to identify themselves as a ‘man’, ‘woman’ or ‘transgender’, independent of whether or not they have undergone any sex reassignment surgery. This justifies the right to ‘self-identification’ of transgenders, and the fact that they cannot be categorized as ‘other gender’ or ‘others’. Furthermore, the bill talks about penalizing all those forcing them into begging and compelling to leave their residence. Barring this, the bill lets transgender persons to enjoy all civil rights in absolute frenzy, along with undeniable access to education and far-reaching employment opportunities. Justness and access to a healthy cultural life additionally unfolds the aspects of the bill.
This is believed to be an iconic step by the Government of India towards ensuring an equal, unbiased and awakened society. Now it’s up to us to take this vision to grave realization.