Transgender gets employment at home minister’s residence
DOT Desk: The home ministry is bound by pledge to create acceptability of transgender people in Bangladeshi society. As part of this approach, a transgender has been given employment as caretaker to the residence of the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, reports The Banfla Tribune.
Riyadi Shams, a transgender, had been searching for employment for four months but without success. After struggling for a long time, Shams found work at the home minister’s residence as a cleaner. Talking to German news media, Deutsche Welle (DW), Shams said: “Working here, I got better treatment.”
Four years ago, Riyadi was abandoned by his family but he persisted in his struggle and got a degree in accounting.
However, at work, Riyadi faced derision and ridicule.
“At the home minister’s residence, I get respect and have been accepted like all the other workers.”
Riyadi helps other workers at the minister’s residence with their education. Several people taking academic help from him have said that Riyad is an expert in teaching.
The transgender community in Bangladesh is the most neglected of all and in most cases, members are rejected by their families.
Consequently, they lack education and employment. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the perspective of the people should change about transgender people.
They are deprived of property, do not have voting rights and cannot open bank accounts and so, we feel this needs to change; the honourable PM understands this and we are confident that, soon, the situation will change for the better transgender people, commented the home minister.
There isn’t any accurate statistics about the total number of transgender (hijras) in Bangladesh; recently, the government gave them a separate gender identity along with voting rights but a lot has to be done to ensure their social acceptability.