There’s been a lot of talk going on about the Transgender Bathroom Debate. Some people in conservative America seem convinced that it’s “dangerous” to have transgender people using bathrooms meant for either “men” or “women”. Some have even gone so far as to make ridiculous claims that transgender people might attack children inside said bathrooms.
Kinnars (as the transgender community is referred to) have to struggle for things that we take for granted. I have spent my childhood in the walled city and I am aware of their problems. Constructing a separate toilet for them also concurs with the directives of the Supreme Court… BMC will construct separate public toilets for the transgender community, beginning in areas where it is most needed, including near hospitals. Depending on the response to these toilets a decision will be made to create more such spaces in the future.
In a country where far too many people still do not have access to basic sanitation and sewage disposal needs; constructing bathrooms for the transgender community seems somewhat suspicious. Is this a move to include the transgender population into mainstream society? Or is it yet another way to tell them that they don’t belong? Could these bathrooms that are being presented as an altruistic thing end up becoming the new arenas where a marginalized community could be abused – physically, and more frighteningly, sexually?