The transgender community on Tuesday urged the State Government to provide separate reservation in jobs for them, as it would pave the way for improving their social status.
Briefing newspersons at a press conference here, P Sudha, an activist, said that laws protecting the rights of transgenders were in place in countries like Australia and the United Kingdom.
“On the lines of reservation for various other deprived communities in society in our country, the government should also come forward to provide reservation for the transgenders, who are facing gender discrimination. This would help in upliftment of the community,” she added.
Alleging that several private agencies were not ready to recruit transgenders in their organisations, Sudha claimed that the third gender was forced to indulge in begging and other activities.
In such a scenario, reservation for transgenders is the need of the hour to bring them into the mainstream, she added.
Asked about the population of transgenders in the State, she said that though the census had enumerated 4,000 transgenders, the numbers were estimated between 14,000 and 15,000 in the State.