Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment of Maharashtra, Ramdas Athawale is always in the news for his bizarre comments. This time his controversial comments were on Transgenders where he advised them to not to wear sarees as they are not women.
While speaking during the seminar on “sensitizing transgender people and stakeholders” he said, “They are not men, they are not women, but they are human… why should they wear a sari when they are not women?”.
After being questioned about his comments he said “They can wear pant and shirt. They should be wearing men’s dress”. He later added, “just advising them and that they have the freedom to wear whatever they want.”
The suggestions didn’t go well with the community and the member of Transgender welfare board said “I don’t understand that how can a person in his position question my rights. The Constitution gives me the choice to wear or not wear a saree. It is my personal choice,”
India has a population of around 6 Lakh transgenders. There are initiatives taken by the people and the government for the deprived gender as they are subjected to an immense amount of mental harassment. Kochi Metro recently employed transgenders. IGNOU has also waived off fees for the for transgender students, in an effort to promote education among the community. These comments and suggests are not welcomed and useful for the community in any sense.