Longing for love and mother’s lap: Abandoned transgenders share their story

“I do not know anything about blood relations and feelings associated with them, but the one thing I miss the most is my mother” a struggling transgender

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  • Transgenders extend over 0.005 percent of the all-out community.
  • There is no national data to monitor violence against the transgender community.

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Pakistan reported its transgender community for the first time in the 2017 census. It has evaluated their number to be more than 10,000. According to these calculations, transgenders extend over 0.005 percent of the all-out community. Despite this, they face numerous issues.

Transgender Act

The Transgender Persons Act was passed in 2018 to provide protection, relief, and rehabilitation of rights of transgender persons. Furthermore, to guarantee their fundamental rights, including education, employment, inheritance, health, and to hold a public office and places.

Life of transgenders in Islamabad

Kajal is a transgender who begs on the streets of Islamabad to meet her day-by-day needs. She visits various markets in obscurity, searching for spots that are packed where the probability of police watching is low.

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Kajal is a transgender who begs on the streets of Islamabad to meet her day-by-day needs. She visits various markets in obscurity, searching for spots that are packed where the probability of police watching is low.

“We have only been considered fit to dance and sing at weddings, or to beg. Sometimes young men ask us to dance to give us alms, and they verbally and sexually abuse us by touching and making fun of us,” Kajal told the source.

The effects of the Act have yet to reach people like kajal , whose life is still the same as it was before the law.

“I heard that the law is supposed to protect our rights, but apart from getting a CNIC I have not seen any of its benefits,” she said. “We are still begging on the streets and in the markets, and facing the same level of harassment. We cannot take a day off because there is no one else to feed us.”

Another transgender shama who was peering into the windows of many cars and asking for food and money.

Initially, shama was reluctant to talk about herself but was only willing to share her experiences, if guarantee anonymity. Like all other transgender community, she was abandoned by her family and was left alone to beg on streets.

“I don’t know anything about blood relations and feelings associated with them, but the one thing I miss the most is my mother. Whenever I am unwell or shattered by the hardships of life, I search for my mother’s lap, where I could cry and feel protected by someone,” she said.

She further said, the transgender act has no impact on her life at all. Moreover, she criticized the poor implementation of Act by government.

Both the trans genders admit that begging is a crime but they said they had no other choice other than that to have a source of earning.

There is no national data available on violence against transgender people, even with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. When contacted and asked about any data, the commission’s coordinator in Islamabad Mohammad Asif said: “We do not have any data about them.”

Article originally published in dawn

 


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