AAI bats for right to equality for transgenders

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Transgender advocate empanelled with AAI

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 19: Right for equality has been the core fundamental right that has been given by the Constitution of India for the citizens. To address discrimination, Airports Authority of India has come up with project equality in Guwahati.

With this objective, the AAI organised a workshop at LGBI Airport here on Tuesday for the transgenders where it advocated for their recognition as special individual and for their right to equality.

The workshop focused on the rights of transgenders as equal as a part of this society having special energy to live together and motivate others. Members of All Assam Transgender Association were the special guest on the occasion.

Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director, AAI NER welcoming all the participants said that the theme- equality awareness itself explains the idea of oneness and right to live together. “Article 14 in constitution has given us the right to equality to each and every individual but even after 70 years of its implementation we are still fighting for rights of equality,” he said.

“Be it at road side, at market place, railway stations, we find them everywhere, respect them they will praise and pray for you, lets fill the gap area you will also feel happy,” he added.

Addressing the stakeholders, Ms. Swati Bidhan Baruah, founder, All Assam Transgender Association, said that her fight for equality and her right began at home before challenging the society.

“I felt like my soul was in the wrong body and I was away from my rights. Since I was 21, I am struggling for the rights of the transgenders. There are problems in the society, but our number is low but challengers are larger. Sometimes we are considered untouchables, we are ignored, and most of us feel ousted form the main stream, but there are people and organisation which feels for us and I am thankful to Airports Authority of India that they have come up for the uplift of transgenders and of felt for us,” she added.

“Finding a job or employing transgenders is a challenge, we are trying to find it thorough different organisations and AAI has come up for it which means a lot for us and I would request all the stakeholders to come up for the Right of Equality,” Baruah said.

“If we can marry, if we can be associated and we can have a family than right to equality becomes reality & equality prevails,” she said at the workshop.

Other members of the association, present on the event also narrated their pain and past. As November 20 is observed as the Transgender Day of remembrance, on the occasion Jindal handed over the letter of empanelment of advocate with AAI to Swati Barua. This started the association of the transgenders with AAI at Guwahati.

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