Badhai Ho…

16 Apr

Ajay is a 24 year old person working as a call attendant in the BPO of a big MNC.
Shweta is a 19 tears old, residing in a small room in the interiors of GB Road working as a sex worker.
Sumedha is a vagabond who keeps travelling from one train to another and asks for money during the journey from passengers and gets down at the next station.
What is common among the three people mentioned above??
Well!! All of them have had the same kind of lives. All of them face exactly the same kind of treatment from people when they introduce themselves. All of them have felt the same agony towards society, which does not even treat them as a part of society. These are the ‘outcasts’.
Ajay, Shweta and Sumedha are transgenders. The confused sex… Outcasted from their own houses, from society, from places where they even dare to look upon and, ultimately, from their own identities.
Ajay tells that when he had appeared for the job interview, the first question that the lady sitting in the panel asked, “Do you really think that you would suit the job?” “It felt like she was asking, how do you even dare to think that we will hire you” he tells. “But… you see… it’s the usual for me.” He added.
Shweta who is doing her graduation course from correspondence tells that her customers get amazed when she tell them about her dreams. “I want to lead a respectable life… just because I am a sex worker now, doesn’t mean that I have to be the same for the whole of my life…I know I am not born for this… no one is…”
The very recent Supreme Court  judgement on rights of transgenders has created waves… higher than that of  ‘elections’. SC has recognised transgenders as the ‘third sex’ different from male and female. It’s implications being, that now while choosing your gender in the birth certificate, college forms, ration card forms, a third option would also be available. The recognition of transgenders as a particular sex by the judiciary is a big step towards the upliftment of this class in the society.
The Supreme Court has also directed the government to make necessary provisions for the reservation of seats for transgenders in schools and colleges as they are among the  educationally and socially backward classes of society.
(For further details please click this: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-recognizes-transgenders-as-third-gender/articleshow/33767900.cms)

For those who want to read the whole judgement: http://www.legalcrystal.com/1137428)

So, the apex court of the country has determined the fate of this class, which has been welcomed by all.
As Sumedha tells, whenever there is a marriage or child birth, we go to that house, sing and dance and get some money. People consider it as a good omen. But, we are not even treated like  humans, by the very same people if we meet them outside or without such occasions.

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Will change in law, bring in the same positive change in society?? Will, with this SC judgement, the struggle of a class of humans end or it’s something that can never end??
Would the lives of Ajay, Shweta and Sumedha change?  I guess it would… only if we change…
In the end, I welcome this SC judgement and to all the candle bearers of human rights and particularly to transgenders,

BADHAI HO…. 🙂

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