What do you do when you see a Transgenders approaching your way? Do you start heading towards the opposite directions? Do you wait there so that you can scorn at them? Or do you actually reach out in a considerate manner? Sadly, the third option is seen to be very rare among us, Pakistani citizens.
The Heartbreaking Fate
Since the very beginning, transgenders, or Hijra as they are more commonly called, have been kept deprived of their basic rights to lead a life like other normal people in the country. Why is this so? Surely, it is because these individuals are born unsure of which gender they belong to. Unfortunately, this particular fact is enough for people to look at them with disregard. Even their own families abandon them due to societal pressures. Constant rejection time over time led them into isolation. They live not in areas like you or me, but in a secluded, poverty-ridden community with thousands of other eunuchs of the similar fate.
Transgenders are commonly found dolled up, begging in streets or singing or dancing in weddings and parties where most people tend to seek entertainment by ridiculing them. Education is impossible for them as mainstream schools don’t accept them in, and even if they do, the humiliation from peers forcibly drives them out. There aren’t granted respectable jobs for them, not even as servants, as they are considered to be “misfits” in all regards. Due to this, many are forced into prostitution to make a living, while a few of them try to make ends meets with the alms collected throughout the day. Are they children of a lesser God to receive such treatment? Absolutely not! Still, they remain being the target of immense oppression and skepticism.
A Glimpse of the Ordeal faced by Transgenders
A miserable incident that took place in Sialkot surfaced the media recently, where Julie and many other hermaphrodites were abused horrifically. In a video on Facebook, Julie said, “We were beaten up and gang raped all night.” She further added, “They hit us with shoes, spat on our faces and made us drink their urine.” Amidst sobs, the transgender questioned, “This country has laws for everyone, even animals, but not for us. Are we children of a lesser God? Would it make a difference if a transgender was born in a politician’s house”?
Merely reading a few lines on this tale is enough to make one cringe with disgust and pity. Imagine the plight of those who went through the torment of this inhumane act. Besides, this is just one example, there are countless other transgenders who undergo violence and abuse in some way or the other on a daily basis, yet their pleas are either left unheard or deliberately ignored. No wonder they have emerged as the most victimized minority in Pakistan.
Why can’t these humans be treated as humans?
Why aren’t they provided a proper platform to highlight their issues?
Why can’t they shop in malls or dine in restaurants without being stared at with loathing eyes?
Will this discrimination ever end?
Will they ever get their rights as all other Pakistani citizens do? The anguish of hermaphrodites has been passed down generation after generation, and will continue if not highlighted even in the modern world of today. It’s high time to address this issue and pull these ill-fated children of God out from the darkness of hate!