Imphal: The Manipur State Commission for Women has opened “Transgender Women Grievance Redressal Cell” at the office premises of the Commission on Friday.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Meinam Binota, Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW), Ng. Uttam Singh, Director Social Welfare Department, Thangjam Shanta, Co-ordinator of Transgender Women Cell, MSCW and Bonita Pebam, Transgender Right Activist.
Speaking at the event, Meinam Binota while claiming that the initiative taken up by the commission might be the first not only in India but also in Asia and advised transgender community of the State to fulfil the requirements of Section (1) and (2) under the Protection of Human Rights Act 2019 to seek identity card as transgender women issued by the concerned DC office. She further said only those grievances and cases put up by the card holders will be accepted for necessary action. Stressing on the need to open a Swadagar for transgender women of the State, Binota said the transgender women face more harassment in the society and as a trial project; MSCW opened the cell to give proper recommendation and ensure their protection rights in the long run.
She said setting up of the cell is the beginning in providing a platform to the transgender women who also deserve to live a normal life in the society.
Ng. Uttam said assault meted out to young transgender women in the family will cause inferiority complex in the long run and create a huge impact in the success of the person. Counselling of both the parents and the child is necessary in such a condition, he noted.
He also suggested recognising and highlighting the success stories of transgender in different fields as this will help parents and families in understanding that not only women and men but transgender can also be successful in life.
Appealing to the people to report detection of assault on young children in families if any, he said such cases should be reported to the Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board and District Child Protection unit for prompt intervention.
He pointed out the absence of de-addiction centers for transgender in the state, saying after discussion with the Ministry of Social Justice and NISD regarding the matter, the ministry has suggested putting up a proposal. After project screening committee approves, a de-addiction centre can be set up which will help in guiding transgender addicts to return to normal life.
Santa said the opening of the cell is a first step towards inclusion of transgender women in the women category and the cell is about creating a safe space for the community which the society and people have neglected till now. She said the cell will be a single window where grievances and issues of the community will be taken up by the commission to necessary actions. She applauded the initiatives of the MSCW Chairperson for her affirmative actions towards the transgender community.