‘First 2 dedicated trans-children home likely by 2022 end’

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Imphal: In first of its kind, two dedicated children home for trans-community will likely be witnessed by this year end as ministry of women and child has given positive response, social welfare director Ngangom Uttam said.

The director was speaking during “4th anniversary of Section 377 Judgement” celebration held at Ya_All Shelter Space, Khurai Imphal East.

The programme was organised by Ya_All in partnership with British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata.

Uttam said the trans-community have been facing various problems in the society. Recently during the pandemic trans-people faced problems on staying at quarantine centre. However, with the initiatives and support from the community the government opened a separate quarantine centre for the community.

Similarly, the problems are still facing by children of the community as when an orphan child which belongs to the trans-community are kept in an ordinary common children home, the trans-child are bullied, he added.

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Having considered the problems faced by the trans-child, department of social welfare sent a proposal to the ministry of women and child for approval to set up two separate designated children home for trans-child one for trans-boy and another for trans-girl. The department has received a positive response and if the proposal is approved Manipur will have two separate trans-children home which will be first of its kind, he added.

Uttam said, in Manipur, there are a total of 26 de-addiction centres under Government of India. Out of the total centres three are for women, one for children and 22 are for men.

He said for the safety and welfare for the trans-community substance dependent, the government is also planning to set up a separate de-addiction centre for the community.

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Regarding the matter, the department had verbally talked to the secretary of ministry of social justice, where the department has also received a positive response, he added.

Uttam said as the people of the community are much complicated, volunteers from the community will be needed to run such de-addiction centres.

He appealed the trans-community to get transgender Identity card from respective DCs as getting the ID card will be the first step to get benefit from the government.

British deputy high commissioner to East and Northeast India, Nick Low, as chief guest said, “I am by nature a glass half-full person I choose to celebrate the anniversary of India’s repeal of Article 377 rather than lament how much we, as a global community, still to do to end prejudice and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community around the world The decision of India’s Supreme Court on September 6  2018 was, and remains, a beacon of hope and a powerful statement that one of the world’s great democracies loves and values all its sons and daughters equally, I thoroughly enjoyed the deliberations and celebrations organised by our friends at Ya All in Imphal today.”

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Founder of Ya_All, Sadam Hanjabam said  “Section 377 judgement is the step towards equality, equity and a life with dignity regardless of gender identity. Though small, it will definitely set a stepping stone towards future progression for the LGBTQ community. To live with dignity is a right, it should not depend on who you are or which community you belong to. “We hope that this small event we had today will give a ripple effect for people in Manipur and India as a whole”.

DC, Imphal East, Daina Khumanthem also attended the function.

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