“My loneliness keeps me going,quot;: fighting for equality in India
Ms. Rajput said she had stopped just because she cHe would not bear the idea of leaving his mother. In spite of everything, she says, she had a weakness for her mother, whom she felt the need to protect. She was still determined make peace.
In the late 1990s, he moved to Raipur and took a job at a low-budget establishment called Hotel Guru. The job was a 12-hour shift blur, but there was a positive side: two employees, themselves transgender, told him about a park where other transgender people met.
Mrs. Rajput, who still presented herself as a man, was not sure how to identify herself. He had not met transgender people in Pharasgaon, but he knew they were relegated to dark corners in India. Rejected by their families, many of them are forced to work for gurus – some of them transgender, other religious figures – who exchange social support for payments made through prostitution and begging
In the park, transgender women told Mrs. Rajput horrible stories about H.I.V. outbreaks, group rapes and sexual slavery. She refused to accept that fate.
“Everyone wants to live with dignity,” he said.
At 30, Rajput had become more confident. She started wearing makeup and letting her hair grow. She changed her name to Vidhya. She too made peace with his mother, who moved to Mrs. Rajput’s apartment, a gray airless room with a community bathroom and enough space for a bed.
Then the night came when Rajput faced his abusers, who numbered about two dozen.
After she yelled at them, they accused her. Fortunately, she was almost home, so she ran to her building and closed the door. Alarmed by the commotion, Ms. Rajput’s mother, after about 60 years, ran down the stairs and pounced in front of her daughter just as the mob broke in and began beating them before the neighbors intervened.
“She was trying to protect me,” Rajput recalled through tears.
Several months later, Ms. Rajput was running a message when her mother suffered a fatal heart attack. They didn’t say goodbye.
Courtesy : Up News Info