Print Edition - 2014-07-17  |  Nation

Campaign to outdo harassment of third genders in societies

- DURGA LAL KC, Dang

Jul 16, 2014-When Shilpa Chaudhary as a third gender opened up to the society on her sexual orientation and joined the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) five year ago, she looked forward to the challenges.

Chaudhary, now, has managed to set up a branch of BDS at the district with the help of a few others and is committed to campaign for third gender rights.  In a press meet organised on Tuesday in Ghorahi, Shilpa talked about how they have been unsuccessful in changing the society’s perspectives of third gender. Shilpa condemned on having to fall victims to harassment in society.

“The indifference and harassment starts from ones own family and gradually spreads across society,” Shilpa claimed.

Shilpa, who contested the second constituent assembly elections from CPN-UML said it was frustrating when even the educated and elites of society treated them differently, and it is no different with political parties who use us for their gains.

Shilpa gave an insight of how hard it is for third genders to blend into the society. “We are not preferred to be hired at work, harassed at schools and colleges, reluctance to rent us a room, and at times at medical facilities where male doctors refer us to female doctors or vice-versa,” Shilpa noted.

In fear of being an outcast in society, many of the third genders are reluctant to come clear on their sexual orientation.

Sushila Lama, another third gender, said some of them have had to quit their jobs due to the constant harassment. “At times some of us have been absurdly asked to submit our medical reports at the citizenship certificate office.”

Lama claimed that the Chief District Officer himself is unaware of a third gender sexual orientation.

Even when the Supreme Court, on December 21,2007, had issued a directive to provide citizenships based on identity, reports say only 10 third genders in the country have been able to procure a citizenship based on the conditions.

Lama has conducted several workshops on creating awareness among the society over third genders and requested their representation in the CA with hopes of addressing their legal issues.

Third genders, moreover, have been victims to HIV infection. Lama said indifference on the society’s end could eventually lead to serious consequences for third genders, with some even committing suicide.

According to district chairperson of BDS Prerana Bista, there were at least 1,800 third genders in the district. The society has been organising various awareness programmes protecting their rights. 

Published: 17-07-2014 08:49

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