Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront in recognizing the challenges faced by the transgender community. Today, K Prithika Yashini becomes the first transgender to be appointed as sub-inspector of Police. Even as we celebrate this welcome first, we look into her long journey and some of Tamil Nadu’s initiatives in mainstreaming the transgender community.
K Prithika Yashini journey – Fit yet far from easy
Prithika’s application got rejected by the state police department due to lack of provision and guidelines (for physical fitness & interview)for the third gender. The set back’s did not stop Prithika in furthering her ambition. After a considerably lengthy legal discourse, the court paved the way for Prithika to be appointed as sub-inspector. The judgement came after a series of writ petitions from Prithika which resulted in her cut off marks being re-considered among other minor re-considerations.
Tamil Nadu – First in third
Tamil Nadu has an estimated population of more than 30,000 transgender people and has achieved a number of first’s in provision of welfare for the third gender and mainstreaming them. Some of the initiatives includes
1.) Free housing program
2.) admission in government colleges with full scholarship for higher studies
3.) Alternative sources of livelihood through formation of self-help groups (for savings) and initiating income-generation programmes (IGP).
And most importantly Tamil Nadu was also the first state to form a Transgender Welfare Board with representatives from the transgender community. An effort which is reported to be the first in world.
Recently Tiruchi Siva of DMK moved the popular bill on Transgender rights which was supported by all political parties in Rajya Sabha, which includes provision of benefits on the lines of reserved communities like SC & ST which includes reservation in government jobs and protection against sexual harassment.
TLI wishes K Prithika Yashini all the very best for her future and also takes this occasion to appreciate the commendable efforts taken for the welfare of transgenders. We hope this precedent will inspire many more initiatives and achievement in the near future.
It’s so easy to say, “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams” but when one actually tries to take that leap of liberty, the society reinforces its shackles. In myriad ways, the age-old traditions come to stop the dreams of the youth. This is more manifest in the case of girls and women. However, passion can’t be contained and restrained for long.
This is the story of Roshni Misbah. Breaking stereotypes, she aspires to be a professional racer. Her journey has been tough, to say the least. Consider this, a hijab-wearing woman riding a sports bike with panache on the Indian roads amid stares, taunts and jeers.
The parents at home know too that society will be unkind and hesitant to accept someone who is flouting the age-old norms. Perhaps, this is why the parents resort to worry and scoldings. However, if the fire of liberty has been lit inside an individual, then it’s only a matter of time before they will rise like a phoenix, gloriously new-born from the ashes.
Roshni has covered over 15,000 km riding more than 60 bikes. She shares, “The sight of a girl on a sports bike deeply dents egos of some men and the taunts start.” It’s not easy to follow one’s dream if there are self-proclaimed proprietors of ‘decency’ at every nook and corner. Yet, Roshni stands tall.
It’s not easy to stand up to your parents and then face the issues they warned you about from society. Is it not right to follow one’s dreams and one’s own heart? If people do not break stereotypes, then all the potential for achievement and innovation will die unfulfilled. If doing something does not break a law, then what gives the right to anyone to comment and object to it?
This is the 21st century. Till when we will allow ourselves to be controlled by the whims and desires of those whose opinions deserve no merit or consideration. If this is not the right time for talented and courageous women to take a stand, then when will that time come.
“When I will walk, you will stare. When I will lose, you will laugh at me, taunt me. But, at the speed of 234 km/h, I wouldn’t hear all this,” says an undaunted Roshni. It’s time we show our support to their leap of liberty and as a society, we come together and say #ChalBadhChal.
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