In the case of Shivani Bhat vs. State of NCT of Delhi and Ors., (Decided in 2015), the High Court of Delhi observed that “Transgender persons (sic) have long lived on the fringes of society, often in poverty, ostracized severely, because of their gender identity. They have for too long had to endure public ridicule and humiliation; have been socially marginalized and excluded from society, their basic human rights have been severely denuded.”
Despite the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority vs. Union of India and Ors., (Decided in 2014) the trauma, agony and pain, which members of the transgender community have to undergo continues unabated.
As per the ‘Study on Human Rights of Transgender as a Third Gender’ Submitted by Kerala Development Society (Delhi) to National Human Rights Commission in February 2017 (conducted in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi), a mere 6% of the transgender persons were employed. 24.44% engaged in blessings, singings and dancing, 4.56% were sex workers, 10.44% were begging and 4.56% were working as domestic help. It also stated that 89% of transgender persons were qualified and skilled but without employment and 96% were denied of employment thus taking up begging as an alternative.
At POSH at Work, we believe in changing these Statistics!
Along with the transgender community, we also work towards inclusion of other members of the LGBTQIA+ community.