Aadhar camp for transgenders
A two-day Aadhar enrolment camp exclusively for transgenders living in Madurai district was inaugurated by Collector L. Subramanian here on Saturday.
The special enrolment drive, which is touted to be the first of its kind in the State, was organised by the Social Welfare Development Society, a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of transgenders in the district. Noori Ammal, president of the Transgenders Welfare Association, Madurai, said that it was a major step towards being included and accepted in society.
“While there are 2,580 transgenders in the district, only 1,480 are registered with various associations here and very few among them have enrolled for the Aadhar card,” she said. Members of the Social Welfare Development Society said that the camp was organised to encourage transgenders from all over the district to procure the Aadhar card with ease.
“With Madurai as the start, we hope to take this special camp to more districts and empower transgenders with a proof of identity. Many of them remain without any valid document as they have left their homes in dispute or have been disowned by families,” said T.G. Bhavani, president of the organisation.