Chandigarh, Sept 24: And we are not kidding! After the Supreme Court's historical verdict of considering transgenders as the third gender, Punjab and Haryana High Courts have added to their responsibilities.
Given the rise of sexual abuse of children, the high courts have directed the recruitment of trans-genders as bus helpers and shoulder a responsibility of protecting the children.
When schools expressed their inability to find adequate female helpers, the court motioned the advantages of having transgenders on board. While Haryana and Chandigarh have agreed to the idea, parents of school children are sceptical. Even transgenders are doubtful as they are unwilling to leave their age old profession of 'seeking alms' that has turned out to be a tradition in many quarters.
"We are ready to serve the society in our spare time but I don't think members of this society will join as bus helpers as they are mature and old. The young people are free to join and may consider joining if they are assured that their jobs are permanent," said a transgender from Chandigarh.
Sources said that Punjab and Haryana government have approached some of them and sought their help and motivate them to work them as bus helpers.