Mangaluru Aug 30, 2016: MP Nalin Kumar Kateel inaugurated Parivarthan- A ray of hope for transgenders at Zilla Panchayath today August 30 Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion Nalin Kumar Kateel said that Transgenders have been disregarded by the society but Parivarthan has taken up the initiative to boost the morale of transgenders. Though the Government has initiated several schemes for the welfare of transgenders , they have failed to benefit for want of voter ID, ration card and Aadhar cards, he said.
Nalin Kumar assured to fulfil their demands by providing education facilities and skill development programmes under PMKVY scheme.
On this occasion, Mangaluru Police Commissioner M Chandrashekar released “Parivarthan” logo.
In his address, he said that stereotype thinking among the public regarding transgenders was the reason for their neglect in the society. "There are a few transgender groups which indulge in criminal activity for which the entire transgender community is blamed," he said.
Managing Trustee Violet Pereira said that Parivarthan specially works for the welfare of the transgenders. The trust aims to bring all transgenders to the mainstream by empowering them. Most of the transgenders lead their life begging or by involving in sex work. To help them lead a dignified life, the trust will conduct workshops and provide skill development training for them, she said.
President of the Parivarthan Rani revealed how she was neglected by her family and thrown out of the house forcing her to sleep in petrol pumps and bus stands near Panambur. "During the night some miscreants would trouble me by urinating on my face and assaulting me," she recalled.
"There are few groups of transgenders with criminal background. But, police fail to detain real culprits and instead book false cases against innocent transgenders," she said and requested Police Commissioner to take remedial measures to curb such issues.
Sandhya, a Member of Parivarthan, who has completed her I PUC course says that there are no proper job facilities and shelter for transgenders which has forced them to choose sex work to earn their daily bread. "I had to spend nights in bus stands and footpaths amid torture by miscreants," she recalled.
"Miscreants demand free sex work from us and when asked to pay they attack us with sharp weapons and use abusive words," she added.
DCP Law and Order Shantharaju, DCP Crime and Traffic Dr Sanjeev Patil, ZP CEO Sree Vidya, Zilla Panchayath Vice President Kasturi Panja, Information Officer Khader Shah and others were present.