SRINAGAR — A group of five youth from Srinagar have come forward to help the transgender community in the district, who are finding it hard to survive due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since last year.
Khushi, a transgender from Srinagar, said that from the last three years, they are finding it very hard to survive and are on the verge on starvation but government has completely neglected their community in Kashmir.
Khushi said that they have not been able to earn a single penny since the last three years as they used to work as matchmakers, dancers and even at some parlours but all sorts of business are shut after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
“The government never bothered to take cognizance of problems faced by around 400 transgenders who are putting up in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir,” Khushi said.
Shabnam Subhan, another transgender, said that the announcements by government remain confined to paper only and nothing is being done on the ground.
They requested the government to look into their miseries and take steps for the welfare of the neglected community.
Meanwhile, a group of five youth from Srinagar are trying to ease the sufferings of this community by distributing eatables among them.
Junaid Mir, who is part of the group, said that they were contacted by some transgenders for help and they have taken up an initiative to help 400 members of the transgender community.
He said that food kits contacting 25 Kg rice, 5 Kg oil, tea, sugar and spices each are being distributed among them. So far, they have distributed the kits among 50 people and in the next one month, they are going to cover all 400. (KNO)