As BJP talks To Uplift Transgenders, Union Minister Asks Them Not To Wear Sarees

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| August 2 , 2017 , 15:17 IST

Uncoiling a controversy, the Union Minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale has expressed his views on transgender community's dressing in a press conference saying he feels that transgender individuals should not wear sarees.

When countered with the question why he feels so, Athawale responded, "They are not men, neither are they, women. But they are human... My suggestion is when not men or women, why are they wearing sarees?"

"They can wear pant and shirt. They should be wearing men's dress," the minister said when pressed with questions of what he considers appropriate for the transgender to wear.

He said that transgenders are neither men nor women and in his opinion, a person should not wear a saree if they are not a woman. He said, "I made this suggestion at a meeting this morning where I addressed transgender people. My feeling is this. Everybody (transgenders) should not wear a saree."

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According to Athawale, there are over six lakh transgender people in the country and the Government is taking several steps to uplift the neglected community. He said, "They complained to me about harassment when they go to school or in other walks of life. The Central government will introduce a Bill in the next session of Parliament that will give transgenders their due rights and protection."

He also said in the press conference that a proposal for special schools for transgenders is already under the proposal and could be become a reality.

The transgenders were finally considered as a separate group in the 2011 census, according to which, there was 2.88 lakh transgender in the country.

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