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Supreme Court's ruling gives us legal rights, but how the social acceptance will come in effect: Asks transgender community
Supreme Court in a crucial ruling has recognised transgenders as people of 'third category' gender and has asked the Central government to treat them as socially and economically backward. Prior to this order the transgenders had to mention themselves as either male or female while introducing themselves.

The apex court's ruling says that the third gender people will be considered as OBCs, and they will be given educational and employment reservation as OBCs. The order has also made transgenders eligible for admission to educational institutions. After getting educated this community will be entitled for jobs on the basis that they belong to the third gender category.

The transgender community is neglected and discriminated in the society. So far they had no rights in the society as enjoyed by males and females. For the first two gender categories, the transgenders are the people who come and dance on occasions like child birth and wedding.

Transgenders can be easily spotted demanding money from passengers in trains, buses and on crossings. This community has criminals also among them. There were cases where one transgender has killed the other on issues such as proving supremacy.

This significant ruling by the Supreme Court has shown a ray of hope of development for the transgender community.

In a bid to know how this community feels about the apex court's ruling, we reached out to few transgenders, who had sung songs in an audio album namely Caravan.

Amitava Sarkar

Amitava SarkarFrom past few years we were struggling to get an identity at national level and now we have succeeded in getting that. But I feel community doesn't own same rights that male and female enjoys. Indian system was totally against us and because of this we were not getting the equal rights like other citizens of this nation own. Many of the transgenders hadn't completed their studies because of lack of social acceptance. Though this judgement will give us social identity but what about social acceptance, people have different notion about us. After this another struggle has started, a struggle to change people's mindset and Indian system needs to do work on this too. Some sources said that now we will be provided special reservation that OBC category owns. Government should provide us with whole details that how beneficial it will be for us from the perspective of 'owning rights'.

Kalyani

Finally, our community got an identity at national level. Till now we don't own those rights which common people enjoy. We have neither voting rights, nor we are Aadhar card (UID) holders. This judgement has given a ray of hope to us and we are very happy with it.

Kalki Subramaniam

Today most of transgenders are begging around. The last generation of this community was illiterate and most of them were school drop-outs as they were unable to complete their studies because of lack of acceptance. So, this judgement will slowly pave a way for their acceptance by the family and the society.

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