Recently saw a program on “Hijras” i.,e Trans-genders on TV9 News Channel. In that program they have shown about an NGO which works for the upliftment of TG community. They have shown different people belonging to TG community who are educated, working and trying to make change in their lives.
Frankly speaking , I am scared of these Hijras. Most of the TG’s I see are near traffic signals or in trains who force /demand people to give money speaking filthy language and doing filthy acts and not to forget about their weird makeup. Whenever any Hijra comes , I immediately give 5 rupees or 10 rupees so that they don’t linger there. I never give money to them out of some compassion or any generosity.
Somehow, watching this program on TV really made me think. I was really surprised to hear that they don’t have right to vote in many places …may be according to constitution they have the right but….almost all the times they are not counted seriously while enrolling into voters list…they did mention about other issues too….like not getting shelter. No one really dares to have TG’s as tenants and Government is not that really bothered to give them special accommodation. The founder of that NGO tried to explain about the weird behavior of most of the Hijras in India. He said that most of these TG’s behave in a rude manner or get into flesh trade as they have no other option left. He explained about different pathetic cases where the parents disowned their children as they were Trans-genders. The founder urged people to consider TG’s as HUMAN BEINGS and requested government to recognize them as citizens of India by giving them ration cards and voting rights easily just like any other gender people get.
Another most interesting aspect of that program was the interviews with different TG’s. Some are well-educated and some are really dedicated to make the lives of fellow TG’s better. I did mention this point as most of us think that “TG’s or Hijras are NOT BOTHERED to help themselves or develop themselves”. This notion is wrong.
After watching this mind-blowing program on TV, I made a tiny resolution of not getting scared or unnecessarily getting panicked by seeing Hijras from the next time I see them.
Yesterday, being Holi festival and me having classes at University had to go to the classes in the early morning. Suddenly at a traffic junction a Hijra came near Auto and asked for money on the occasion of festival. To my surprise I did not get panicked, I told him/her very calmly “Change ledandi, ee kamala pandu teesukondi” ( I don’t have change, please take this orange fruit). He/she took the fruit very happily and wished me Holi Subhakankshalu and left with a nice smile. Initially, that Hijra was surprised by the way I offered the fruit. I too felt very nice about that. The happiness in that person really made my day. Am not joking, all these years I really never saw them calmly as I was scared of them.
However, this one incident does not mean that I will go and make friends with them when I see them and invite them for lunch or dinner at my place, still it makes me feel good that I have a respect for those people. Some times we feel good when we treat others well. Is’nt it???