Jammu and Kashmir’s Transgender Neighborhood Are With out Livelihood And Healthcare Entry Amid COVID 

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‘Our Households Have Rejected Us And We Have Nowhere To Go’

For the transgender neighborhood, the 5 August lockdown coincided with the wedding season. The neighborhood has been with out work because the previous one 12 months, and the continuing COVID-19 lockdown has added to their financial burden.

For his or her livelihood, the neighborhood largely will depend on arranging marriages (domestically referred to as mazemyaraz) and singing and dancing at weddings.

Subhan mentioned that over the past one 12 months of lockdown, she was solely capable of prepare just a few weddings, which isn’t sufficient to run her family.

Subhan hails from North Kashmir’s Sopore space, some 50 kilometres away from the summer time capital of Srinagar.

She now lives in Srinagar’s Basant Bagh space and works with different transgenders within the metropolis on a partnership foundation.

“I shifted to Srinagar and acquired along with the transgender neighborhood who helped me to earn a dwelling,” she mentioned.

Subhan, together with different members of her neighborhood, work within the matchmaking enterprise, and carry out in marriage ceremonies by singing native Kashmiri songs.

She says they might earn good sums of cash and stay a good life in regular occasions.

Aijaz and different members of the trans neighborhood.
(Photograph: Accessed by Auqib Javeed for The Quint)

However the abrogation of Article 370 and the following lockdown in Kashmir got here as a giant blow to them.

Subhan mentioned that since 5 August 2019, many transgenders have been sitting idle at their rented lodgings, and lots of have been affected by melancholy resulting from lack of labor.

“Our members of the family have rejected us and we have now nowhere to go. The continuing lockdown is taking a toll on our psychological well being,” Subhan advised The Quint.