Trans people in India prefer to stay out of politics

Indian transgender activists take part in a protest against the Trangenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 at Dharna Chowk in Hyderabad on August 26, 2016. The Trangenders Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, which was tabled in parliament in early August, is seen as draconian and repressive in nature by the protestors. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

And it is not their initiative, they are forced to be out of making the fundamental decisions for their country beause they are simply unable to receive the proper IDs to vote in election. The data given by by the Election Commission of India has shown that just 4% of the trans community are enrolled in voter lists. Only 1,654 people are on the lists of Maharashtra, a fraction of the 41,000 trans people that have been identified by the 2011 census. The election official told the local media outlet says that figures are shocking if to consider the amount of trans population in India, especially in big urban areas. “The poll body must involve the transgender community in the enrolment process. Since most hijras don’t have a proper home and many of them lack Aadhaar and other ID cards, they would remain out of the EC’s campaign,” said campaigner Harish Iyer. “Since the right wing government has not been supportive of this community, government agencies are unlikely to go the extra mile to cover the third gender,” Iyer added. Other activists are blaming poor relations between the government and trans people for the low turn out.


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