The issue of Julie’s arrest has opened up the complex debate of rights and livelihoods within the transgender community, whereby a critical voice like hers is silenced due to decades of infighting. Activists and policymakers must draft a policy comprehensive enough to address this. Indeed Allah is the best creator. The transgender isn’t abnormal they are differently able. Allah bestowed them a life as he bestowed us. We all are the same apart from some gender differences.
Transgenders face frequent experiences of discrimination, violence, social and economic marginalization, and abuses across their lifespan. They live life without a job, their right of the job is significantly ignored in our society but for survival, they need to do something so they beg and dance, some of the freaks and morons of our society force them to be a prostitute for them. These people have faced the worst level of violation and discrimination.
In august of 2016, some muggers shot the transgender when she resisted rape and abduction but the district hospital management refused to admit her saying that they only had male and female wards and she died in hope of getting treatment. In 2019 January, shama an 18 years old transgender was raped allegedly by nine men in Peshawar.
Transgender people are like birds born to one raised by another.
Talking to news reporter one of transgenders said: “ the world treats us like we are not born from our mother’s womb, we are also created by same Allah and we pray to him too,”. Being transgender they are firstly thrown out by their families and later the society restricts to acknowledge them as human beings and treat badly.
Modern research examines and showing that many transgender people live on the margins of society, facing stigma, discrimination, exclusion, violence, and poor health. They often experience mammoths of challenges retrieving appropriate health care, whether specific to their gender needs or more general in nature. Some governments across the globe are taking steps to address human rights issues and provide better legal protection for transgender people.
In Pakistan, firstly they were not allowed to get an identity card and many transgenders wanted to open a bank account but the unavailability of identity cards could not let them open account and as result, much of their money was stolen.
Pakistan, in 2018, became the first Asian country for passing the bill of “right to self-identify” for the transgender community. The law accords citizens the right to self-identify as male, female, or a blend of both genders, and to have that identity registered on all official documents, including National Identification Cards, passports, driver’s licenses, and education certificates.
Let us have a look at the success story of a transgender, Kami Sid. He was Pakistan’s first transgender model, sharing her story she said her family was not ready at first to let her work as a model, but later her family was convinced, her mother stood by her. Being transgender gave her identity and fame in the industry
Moreover, Marvia Malik is a Pakistani transgender newsreader and media representative. She became the first openly transgender newsreader to appear on Pakistani television when she made her debut in 2018.
Maya zaman is the first designer transgender in Pakistan to launch her clothing line. Facing extensive criticism from the so-called family and society but she never gave up.
There is no doubt there are fake transgenders too who pretend to be transgender apparently and beg. The aim of writing this blog was to remind you that there is still violence against them which is either not reported or not raised in media. Our government must provide jobs to them and vocational pieces of training for them as they shall learn and earn from whatever skill they have.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Dunya News’ editorial stance.