Govt asked to open doors of legislative houses to transvestites

* Another transgender gets appointment letter

KARACHI: The employment of a transgender in Sindh rose to four after Iraj Aftab was handed over appointment letter on Friday by commissioner office as a junior clerk. She would work at complaint anti price hike centre and would get a salary of Rs 10,000 per month.
The appointment letter was dispersed at a seminar on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity organised by Gender Interactive Alliance (GIA).
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said government would try its best to facilitate the transgender, as it was the need of hour to bring them in mainstream. He informed there would a table tennis match of transgender soon in Karachi.
An official of Sindh Social Welfare Department Rifee Khan demanded to allocate seats in assemblies so that their voice could be heard in legislative houses and problem could be addressed.
We pay gratitude to Sindh government, chief minister Sindh and others for initiating steps for us. At present there are around seventy thousand transgender. Among them around fourteen thousand live in Karachi only, Rifee said. Sexual harassment, torture and money grabbing have become routine. Rifee was determined to approach all the forums in order to stop this violation.
Mazhar Anjum vice President GIA said civil society was standing beside transgender rights campaign.
She said this was the time to stop discrimination against transsexuals in all skill development programmes and there should be social inclusion policies for their meaningful participation in public events and society.
Other transgender said everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. They called for protection from discrimination on these grounds. They demanded to build colonies for them as most of trangender face problem in getting places to live. 
Rana Asif Habib general secretary GIA said laws should be implemented banning discrimination, penalising hate crimes and making it easier for transgender individuals to obtain official document that reflect their proffered gender.
Former MPA Sindh Michael Javed, chief patron of Pakistan Sikh Council Aurat Foundation’s Mehnaz Rahman and others said government should take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to prohibit and eliminate prejudicial treatment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity at every stage of administration of justice.

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