DCW forms transgender cell to look into various complaints

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) set up a Transgender Cell on Monday to look into complaints of violence, abuse, harassment and discrimination against the transgender community as well as to create awareness and advocate the cause of the community.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal with member Promila Gupta met several transgenders on Saturday to seek their advice on the role and responsibilities of the cell as well as to gain an in-depth understanding about the issues being faced by the community. The meeting was held with the help of an NGO. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDCW in a statement said that in the meeting with DCW Chief, the community members expressed issues and concerns about their safety and security. They narrated instances of extreme abuse, physical and sexual harassment, violence, discrimination and social stigma faced by them throughout their lives. “They also informed that lack of proper healthcare services, harassment by police and immense violation of basic human rights make their lives miserable on a daily basis. The community members mentioned that they walked in groups even for small household chores such as grocery shopping,” reads statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAlmost all members of the community described instances of gruesome discrimination and insensitivity of the police towards the community. The community members informed the Commission that the police often refused to register complaints dismissing them as culprits without even hearing them. The community suggested that the Cell should be guided constantly by the members of the Community. The suggestion has been accepted by the Commission which shall involve transgender members as well as the LGBTQ community in the functioning of the cell. The Commission had announced to set up a transgender cell during its Mahila Suraksha Padyatra in March this year when Swati Maliwal walked along with transgenders and hundreds of volunteers and received several complaints from them. DCW Chief stated, “It pains my heart to see the condition of the Transgender as well as the LGBTQ community in our country. The transgender especially are suffering a lot. The Transgender Cell shall focus on the problems faced by the transgender community. It shall also look into complaints of abuse from LGBTQ community.”last_img