Bengaluru, Sept 13: Trangerder community in Karnataka called a meeting on Saturday, Sept 12, to urge the state government to pass a bill for the formation of transgender community in Karnataka.
In the meeting, Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader and Rajya sabha MP Oscar Fernandes marked their presence to support the transgender community and discussed about the formation of trangender commission in the state.
Apart from that, many states leaders were also present at the meeting.
"Trangenders who are many times rejected by the society when it comes to social respect or at work places, they are always avoided by the government and the society", Trangender activist Akkai Padmashali told OneIndia.
In a move to focus on trangender community, Karnataka government came forward to support their cause.
While addressing the meeting, Oscar Fernandes said, "Karnataka government will meet all forum NGOS, may be after Dasara or Diwali and later proposal will be sent to Parliament forum to push forward the issue of trangender community."
UT Khader also assured that "the bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and we have decided to come up with a meeting which will mark the presence of health, law, labour and social welfare members to uplift the rights of trangenders."
However, trangenders want Karnataka Government to take steps and to become the first state in India, as the face for equal rights and opportunities for them.
Akkai said, "there should be no discrimination for transgenders and our human rights should be protected."
She also urged that don't call us 'impotent', as it hurts the sentiment of third gender community.
Many trangenders and activists came together for demanding their rights and urged the government to pass the bill.