Srinagar: Sonzal Welfare Trust on Saturday organised an interactive workshop on Transgender Rights in which more than 50 Transgenders participated.
Mufti Syed Shareef-ul- haq Bukhari, Vice president of Law Board of Jammu and Kashmir and Advocate Subreen Malik were the chief guest on the occasion.
General Secretary of Sonzal Welfare Trust, Enus Shafi Khan, said that the workshop was organised to bring together transgender community, activists, and students.
The purpose of the workshop was to generate awareness about the transgender community and to educate the community members about their rights, he said. This endeavour was to support the efforts to engage in open discussion about universal human rights and the challenges facing the Transgender community in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are working for the rights of transgenders in Kashmir. We have also got a case of trangenders registered in State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) before four years ago. But we did not get any proper response from commission, after that a case was registered in High Court regarding the rights of transgenders,” he said.
“The main purpose of the workshop is to create awareness in the transgenders about their rights,” said Khan.
Aijaz Ahmad Bund, president of Sonzal Welfare Trust said that 100 transgenders are registered with their trust.
We want to convey the people that transgender are also part of our society and should be given proper space instead of neglecting them, he said.
“Presently we are supporting all transgender in Kashmir. We are also providing financial support to those transgenders,” said Bund.
Muhammad Aslam alias Babloo, one of the transgender said, “Some years ago our community was doing match making and singing in the marriage ceremonies. Now our demand for the same has decreased in the Kashmiri culture. We have no any other source of livelihood.”
“Now we request the state government to provide financial assistance to our community, ” Babloo added.