She shouted: ‘She is not dancing. She is dying. For God and the Prophet’s sake leave her alone, let her breathe,” Paro recalled, her voice rising as she remembered pushing the crowd away for Alisha, a transgender, who was so brutually shot dead.
These are perhaps the most unfortunate people in the world. They are the humans, disowned even by their parents, let alone by the apathetic society.
Physical problems does not mean that a person is not mentally incapable, it’s the mind set of a society that result in such a tyrrany, such hurdles. These transgenders can also be valuable assets to the society if they are treated more like normal human beings, and are not abandoned considering as a shame for a society, it’s a shame for us how inhumane our attitudes are, and that with a nerve to preach Islam.
Now the time has come we must change our attitude towards transgenders. They are no sex toys or sex symbols , they are all like us, they too feel the same. Its the lack of opportunities, our mocking attitude to them and the scorn with which we look at them , the sexual fever, the lust , the pervertness that make them become so.
Those few who are begging or dancing are also compelled by the silly barbarous dogmas of society to do so because we think they are not capable to go for any other profession . Why aren’t they?
They too can work and earn their livelihood without compromising on their moral values.
The state must hang those minds who have been brought up watching vulgar pashto movies, a threat to not just the industry rather an overall image of Pashtoon tribe. This is exactly the filth that is corrupting the minds of people who think likewise of a woman saying she is good for nothing but dance like a soul of no value. They are scorned to the extent that even animals are considered better than them.
Government must take the responsibility to provide them with better shelter, decent jobs & laws for their protection so at least they may realise they are not the damned ones rather humans like us. Government must pass such laws that ensure them a decent lifestyle, and so the society should accept them instead of mocking.
Let their gender not be considered a scoffing one that people use as an abuse using “Hijrrha” or “Khusra” . To say they dont belong to any gender is exactly where we start being chaotic to them. Let’s introduce the “Transgender” as the real gender to say let there be 3 genders instead of two. They are humans and must be treated like humans. This is how the state can empower them and the society as a whole eliminating all the ill-elements away.
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