Sexual minorities pour out their woes

 The members of sexual minority communities and transgenders are facing a lot of hardships as leading an independent life has become a mirage for them.

Ibrahim, a member of the community, said, “Most of us are educated up to either SSLC or degree. We are ready to work all round-the-clock. But no one is coming to forward to hire us for jobs. I have completed BBM. If I apply for suitable jobs, I will be told to sweep floor and clean toilets. People tell us we are fit for this job only. Even if we take up a cleaner’s job, we are not paid on time. I have to bear psychological and physical harassment. I want to lead a normal life.

But it is not possible in this society. We don’t know what to do?”

Ibrahim’s case is not an isolated case. The condition of more than 2000 people, belonging to sexual minority communities, living in the district is similar. They have together established Nisarga Society.  Varsha, another member of the community, said, “We really struggle to get a job. Nobody rents out their houses to us. We have voter ID card, Aadhaar card and ration card. People don’t allow us to lead a normal life like everyone.”

“Policemen also treat us badly. If we complain against violation of rights, they tell us to leave the town. What we should do when the police, who are supposed to protect us say like this? We have every right to live in this country. We are citizens of this country. How can we go to other state or country?” she questioned.

No salary for one year
Ushakiran, who is fighting for the rights of sexual minorities, alleged that 10 members of the community who are working at the assistant commissioner, taluk and sub-registrar offices have not received salary for the last one year.

A salary of Rs 3,000 has been fixed for cleaning work. But it has not been disbursed, she said.

“They don’t indulge in begging or any other activity if we get sufficient salary to lead a normal life. What should they do if they don’t get salary on time,” Ushakiran questioned.
When contacted, Sureksha Vijayaprakash, Deputy Director, Women and Child Welfare Department said steps will be taken to disburse salary to the members of sexual minory communities by discussing the issue with Assistant Commissioner.

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