Transgender people from society in view of the sex assigned to them at their introduction to the world demonstrates the narrow mindedness and the enthusiastic wellbeing of a country. Not simply that! Till today, in numerous spots, they have been marked as a social stigma, which is trailed by foundational disparity. So what are they left to do? Ask in the city or work as a sex laborer. Such is the story of Salma Khan, the first trans-woman in the three-member panel of Mumbai’s District Suburban Legal Services Authority.
The 38-year-old is a social activist and the founder of Kinnar Maa Trust. She is changing the lives of thousands of people from her community through this trust. “On every 4th of the month, the trust distributes ration to trans-people who have HIV, cancer, tuberculosis, handicapped, accident victims, rape victims. We hope to continue working for the development and fundamental rights of transgender people. We will keep working till the time their rights are not secured, our rights are not secured,” said Salma
She says, before she was chosen as one of the Lok Adalat specialists, she likewise got an idea from Bigg Boss (in season 1) yet Salma turned down the offer since she says, “individuals would giggle at me, bother me since I am a transgender – so I think this is a shabby exposure stunt on my part and in this manner I have turned it down.”
Be that as it may, in February, Salma got a mail from Lok Adalat from the Old Court and requested affirmation in light of the fact that out of 16 individuals, they have shortlisted three and from that point chosen one. Salma says, “That was me since I have the most experience out of 16 individuals and they have seen my diligent work and read a lot of articles by me. That is the reason I got chosen on account of my training. When they got some information about concurring, without even batting an eye I said yes.”
She was appointed from the Social Justice Department along with a retired judge from the Bombay High Court and a sessions court lawyer on the panel. “I belong to a middle-class family. I grew up in Mumbai and my mother struggled to educate me. Then as a transgender, I worked with various organizations. I have worked at Sinn hospital as a counselor. My wish is to work for the rights of transgender people to secure their basic rights. Because our community is an oppressed community and it has been deprived of its rights,” said Salma.
Due to lack of opportunity and oppression, many trans-people when they’re young, they beg at traffic signals and inside trains, go for badhai (festive) ceremonies, and undertake sex work. But when they reach old age, then there is no one to take care of them. Forget the old age, in the young age only they have succumbed to bad incidents.
Salma says that individuals from kinnar-network don’t need investment truly shows like Bigg Boss as a contender; they need trans-ashram, a safe house home for transgender individuals. The main priest ought to likewise mediate and offer an answer. Kinnar Maa works for the major privileges of transgenders, takes a shot at their training, their expertise improvement and on their wellbeing and social areas.
On her first day as Lok Adalat panelist, Salma Khan sat along with retired district judge and a lawyer in the panel and resolved 24 cases amicably. She feels this is yet another step for the progressive world, for the transgender community.