Separate public toilets on transgender wish list
Allahabad: As kinnar high priest and AAP candidate Bhawani Maa takes on BJP’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi in this parliamentary seat, the transgender community here is pressing for a life of dignity that includes separate toilets in public places and reservation in education.
“Toilets are clear evidence of discrimination against the transgender community. Their are designated toilets for the disabled, but none for us. How can basic amenities be denied in a welfare state?” said Prachal Singh, who was disowned by her family.
Asha Nath Balmiki said while transgender men currently preferred to use the gents toilet, transgender women used the one for ladies. “But, they are made fun of in public. No special toilets in schools keep transgender children away from studies too,” Prachal said. Many developed countries have gender neutral or unisex toilets that 5/11/2019 Separate public toilets on transgender wish list anyone can use. Urologist at King George’s Medical University professor SN Shankhwar says owing to physiological differences, transgender men and women hesitate to go to toilets meant for either men or women.
“Also, toilets for transgender people should have specially designed seats,” he insisted. A diploma in mechanical engineering from Mumbai, Prachal recalls how she was humiliated almost on a daily basis when she needed to go to the toilet. “I was determined and hence, didn’t give up. But, many quit because of the stigma associated with being transgender,” she said. The community also feels reservation for transgender people is needed for their social main-streaming.
“There is quota for persons with disabilities, but not for us. Reservation will guarantee our right to education and jobs, which will eventually end the stigma,” said Monika Singh from Meerapur.
Source : Times Of India