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Transgenders demand welfare board

DNA   |  Aug 21, 2012, 05:34AM IST

Bhopal: Fed up with continuous harassment and discrimination, transgender community has urged the Central government to form a welfare board for them. The board as envisaged will help them address the issues plaguing them at government level.

"We have been discriminated at all places", said Ravina the spokesperson of the Mitwa Mahila Sankalp Samiti, a transgender welfare organisation headquartered in Chhattisgarh.

"Even physically challenged people have special Olympics and other facilities extend to them for coming up in their lives, but when it comes to us, we have been treated very badly", she said.

According to Ravina, transgenders despite the physical abnormality are citizen of the country and are entitled for all constitutional rights. Unfortunately, she said, they were being deprived of their constitutional rights and ill treated.

The community in a bid to assert their right decided to organise two-day "All India Third Gender Sports Meet" at Raipur which will besides show causing their sports talents also be used as platform to discuss about the issues afflicting the community.

"Let the public see our sports talents", she said adding they were also working on evolving consensus among their community member abroad as well to mobilise their support for holding a international Olympics for transgenders. The national sports meet, first of its kind in the country she told DNA was just the beginning.

Participants from nines states including Madhya Pradesh have consented to attend. The organisers expect a turn out of nearly 200 transgeners. The state government of Chhattisgarh is also one of the organisers. One Rajneesh Langer from Indore has registered his name from Madhya Pradesh and many others are expected to join it. The even is scheduled to be held on September 8 and 9 at Raipur.

The participants would hold discussions on how to put an end to their discrimination and restore their dignity in the society, she said adding, even police personnel and other government agencies as well never came forward to them even after approaching them.

 

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