The Judiciary Department is taking all efforts to provide basic facilities like ration cards, voter identity cards and shelter to transgenders, according to Chief Judicial Magistrate G.Magizhendhi.
Addressing a legal awareness programme for transgenders organised by District Legal Services Authority at CJM Court here on Thursday, he said the department, with the help of district administration, will ensure that the transgenders get these benefits soon. The police will be asked to ensure protection to the transgenders — from unfair criticism, scorn, teasing and humiliation — to help them lead a decent life, he said. He asked the transgenders to demand their rights in a rightful way. Proper education will certainly change their status in society, Judge G.Magizhendhi noted.
Sub-Judge S.Padmanabhan said the police department and the district administration will be roped in to extend all facilities to the transgenders. Asking the transgender community not to engage in begging in public places, he said they should find alternative means of livelihood. Measures will also be taken to bring them under the cover of self-help groups.
Change in people’s mindset with regard to the transgenders was also necessary to bring about a change in their lives, Judge Padmanabhan said. Transgender N.Gunavathi said the transgenders could not take any government examinations for middle and lower-level posts. They were also harassed and humiliated in public places. A majority of them were forced into prostitution, and almost all of those wanted to come of it, Gunavathi said, and added: “We dont know whether our marriages would be legally accepted or not.”
When a transgender complained that her house owner did not refund the advance paid by her, the sub-judge ordered the Legal Aid Cell to take up the case and settle it quickly.
Rural DSP S.Vanitha advised the transgenders to contact her to redress any of their grievances.