The Western Jewish lobby groups and LGBT communities around the world have applauded anti-Islamist government of prime minister Hosina Sheikh’s decision to hire transgender in the traffic police.
Bangladesh has been under LGBT storm for years.
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Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have all recognized transgender, commonly known as “hijra” (Eunuch), as “third gender community”. Bangladesh claims to have over 100,000 transgender, India has five million, and Pakistan nearly 500,000.
In 2011, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that country’s LGBT community too has the rights to vote in country’s elections. However, the Election Commission ruled out that LGBT community will not be allocated ‘reserved seats’ like the Christian and Hindu minorities in Pakistan. Based on that ruling, five transgender contested provincial elections in three of the country’s four provinces in the 2013 general elections.
Unlike in the West, the transgender in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India don’t hide in closets. They’ve achieve a distinct status in the Indo-Pak society many centuries ago. Most of them uses satire to entertain public at marriage and child-birth parties. They do face racism and slur from some members of the society, but not “stoned to death” as Israeli propagandists like you to believe.
Dr Kusum Pant Joshi, an Indian social historian, says: Hijras are mentioned in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts such as Vatsyayana’s Kama Sutra (dated approximately between 400 BCE – 200 CE). There is also a legend that Arjun, the hero of the Hindu epic the Mahabharata, spent a year living the life of a hijra. During the era of Muslim hegemony over northern India (from about the 12th century), hijras were employed by Muslim rulers as highly reliable guards of their harems and were also given other positions of power and responsibility. For instance, the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1525–1556), who had given his chief eunuch, Phul Malik, the title of Khwaja-sara Itimad Khan, also gave him the responsibility of reforming his Finance Department and later also appointed him as a provincial Governor.
The rise of British supremacy in India, however, affected hijras adversely. In the eyes of the British, the hijras were “impudent beggars, rude and vulgar in the extreme, singing filthy, obscene, and abusive songs to compel bazaarmen to give them something.” Consequently, after consolidating their rule over the country, they passed an Act in 1871 that placed hijras under the category of “criminal tribes”. The Act made it compulsory for hijras to officially register themselves individually by name and residence. It also criminalized public appearances of transvestites, the presence of boys below the age of sixteen in eunuch houses, and the adoption of sons by eunuchs.”
After the British left India, the Act of 1871 was repealed and hijras, along with other ‘criminal tribes’ were de-notified in 1949. However, since legislation cannot alter social attitudes, hijras have continued to reel under the impact of decades of discriminatory treatment. Though no longer branded as one of the criminal tribes in India, they remained victims of social alienation and economic hardship, were maltreated by the police and the establishment and were often subjected to ridicule and negative stereotyping by the general public and media.
Another feature that has militated against hijras is their falling flat between two stools because of their ambivalent position of being neither male nor female. Non-recognition of their gender identity is also seen to have contributed to raising difficulties in their receiving social welfare benefits. It has also pushed them into prostitution and other illegal activities. It is therefore, unsurprising to note that the hijra community is highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and has one of the highest incidences of HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s).
In 2005 several Indian banks and money-lending institutions hired transgender to recover unpaid loans from their clients by insulting them in public.
Professor Manabi Bandopadhyay, the newly appointed principal of Krishnagar Women’s College in West Bengal is the first transgender to hold such prestigious post in the history of Hindu India.