Transgenders and the Identity Crisis they Experience
Gender Politics and its place in the 21st Century
Transgenders are an equal part of our society who need due recognition as equal citizens of this community. However, they are treated like third rate citizens of our society [or any community rather], they are treated even worse than the minority religious members of our society. Although the government has taken several initiatives in helping them become productive members of our society but, it will take time before we can see any progress.
The transgender community were always considered an outcast in the subcontinent, in general. They were always made to dance at important weddings and other events, and at the same time they were made to work in the harem of the Mughal court as well. Largely, they were considered an outcast in society and most recently also since the past few decades this condition has worsened to the effect that they have resorted to begging and in some or rather most cases prostitution as well.
Several human rights activists have now since the past few years raised their voices in support of the transgenders and their community in general.
Certain groups have taken up the issues and stories of these segregated individuals of society at different platforms to raise awareness and to generate opportunities for such outcasts of our community to progress. Recently it has also been announced that Transgenders will be provided with CNIC cards, which was long overdue demanded by the transgender community and its supporters alike.
Without CNIC cards these people were not eligible to get fair shares in their parent’s properties and they would be left basically homeless and penniless. At least with this initiative the trans community will now be able to own property, access for opening accounts in banks and get passports for travel.
The government has also recently allowed jobs in the federal and provincial departments as well. The argument fundamentally being, that even though all of this is being done now, all of this should have started at least 50 years back.
The question that thus arises is, why was the government ignorant before, and why did the government not take any action when the trans community was going through its darkest time. To top it off the majority of the public did not also support them and left them in the dark.
We as a nation should strive to help every other citizen of our nation to walk in the same stride and with heads equally held high for the betterment and promotion of equality and prosperity in our beautiful Pakistan.