PCT, KJU and Roshni Hold Seminar on ‘Role of Media in providing Social Justice to Transgenders’ on Transgenders Day

PCT, KJU and Roshni Hold Seminar on ‘Role of Media in providing Social Justice to Transgenders’ on Transgenders Day

Mangaluru: To mark the 4th Annual Transgenders Day, Parivarthan Charitable Trust in association with Karnataka Journalists Union DK District and Roshni Nilaya jointly organized a seminar on “Role of Media in providing Social Justice to Transgenders”, at the College Auditorium Roshni Nilaya Valencia here on March 12.

The programme began with an invocation by the students of Roshni Nilaya. Later a one-minute silence was observed for the victims of Corona Virus who have lost their lives and a prayer for the Doctors, nurses and those involved in providing medical assistance to the Corona Virus affected patients and also to stop further spread of the Virus.

The General Secretary of KJU Taranath Gatti Kapikad welcomed the gathering. President of Parivarthan Charitable Trust Sandhya in her keynote address said, “Today we are celebrating Transgenders day, actually we did not even think that someday we will be able to celebrate our day. We were living on roads and did not have anyone to support or guide us. In 2016, Violet Pereira founded the Parivarthan Chairatable trust to bring us to the mainstream. When our parents abandoned us, Violet Pereira our ‘Amma’ supported us with love and guidance. We too are human beings but society is still not ready to accept us. When we travel by bus, people hesitate to sit near us. Some of the crossdressers in Mangaluru threaten us and say that they will drive us away from Mangaluru. We live in Mangaluru for many years and love this place”

Sandhya further said, “We want to lead a normal life but the government does not provide us with any facilities. People are reluctant to rent us their houses. Since we do not get any jobs we are forced to beg and lead our life. We beg the government to provide us with justice to lead a normal life in society”.

The programme was inaugurated by Entrepreneur and former chairman of Cashew Export Promotion Council of India and Federation of Indian Export Organizations Walter D’Souza along with SP Prison Chandan Patil, Former President of Mangalore Bar Association and Senior Advocate S P Chengappa by placing the lit candles in the water.

Founder of Parivarthan Charitable Trust Violet Pereira celebrated her birthday in a special way by planting a flower plant.

In his inaugural address, Walter D’Souza recalled the quote of Robert Kennedy and said, “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not”. Likewise, Violet Pereira also tried to bring the Transgenders to the mainstream and she is successfully running Parivarthan Chairatable trust to provide justice to them. Parivarthan president Sandhya said that they call Violet Mummy, according to our Indian culture we address women as Mother and today I will also address Violet as Mother. Attempts are on to bring the transgenders to the mainstream. We need to empower transgenders because they too are human beings. To bring the transgenders to the mainstream we need to boost their confidence and provide them with jobs. We should provide them with skill development training.”

Walter further said, “Transgenders are also entitled to the reservation but we only talk about women reservation and empowerment. Transgenders also have talents which we need to identify and bring them to the mainstream. We should join hands with the trust to provide them jobs under reservation. I congratulate Violet Pereira for organizing such a meaningful programme.”

Addressing the gathering Senior Advocate S P Chengappa said, “Today’s programme has been inaugurated in a different way. One lamp can light thousands of lamps. There is a proverb in Chinese “If you are planning for a year, sow rice, if you are planning for a decade plant trees and if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”. Today’s programme is very meaningful because Parivarthan Charitable trust is organizing this programme along with an educational institution and the Media which is the fourth pillar of democracy so this programme will be more meaningful and more effective too. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Injustice is everywhere and in various forms. Injustice is done in the name of religion, sex, caste etc.”

SP Chengappa further said, “Becoming transgenders is a physical status. It is not a disease and all the transgenders should consider it as a status. We did not apply to be born as a girl or boy. It happens because of the differences in hormones and Chromosomes. Don’t consider this as a curse or fault of your parents. In his quote, Aristotle said, “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst”. The media should assist transgenders to get justice. Transgenders are working in various fields, there is one police officer in Tamilnadu, there are journalists, advocates, College Principal, IAS officer and in West Bengal Jyothi Mundal has been appointed as a judge for Lok Adalat. So far the media has done very little to address the problems of the transgenders. Some of the media indulge only in giving breaking news instead of trying to solve the problems in society. Gauri Sawant from Mumbai fought for the rights of transgenders in the Supreme Court. The parliament has passed a bill for Transgenders. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, seeks to provide a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of transgenders.”

When one of the transgenders asked why crossdressers in Mangaluru say that since we are from other places and states they will not allow us to live in Mangaluru? S P Chengappa said, “Every Indian who born in this country has the right to live anywhere in this country. No one has the right to say that you are an outsider. We the advocates along with the media and the Parivarthan Charitable trust are with you to solve your problems. If anyone troubles you, file a complaint in the police station. If the police will not take your complaint we will help you to get your complaint registered in the station.”

Principal School of Social Work Dr Juliet C J delivered the presidential address. HOD of U G Criminology School of Social Work Sarik Ankitha delivered the vote of thanks.

A cultural programme was held by the students of Roshni Nilaya and members of Parivarthan Charitable trust.

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