Deepika Padukone’s #VogueEmpower video titled My Choice has by now been made into many different forms, keeping the concept and outline the same. After the original video released, there was a quick reaction from men who made their version of the video, which showcased their take on women’s empowerment and cheating females, and many editions of My Choice followed. Women activists also attacked Deepika’s video for its content, which said that it was a woman’s choice to have sex outside marriage. (Deepika Padukone’s My Choice: Men hit back – male version of video says men don’t support cheating!)
Now after the dust seemed to have settled, here is another version of My Choice created by Teen Pathar that supports eunuchs and the transgender community. Just like in the previous videos where women, men and dogs spoke about their choices and freedom, here we have eunuchs talking about what is their choice and what is not.
Abhina Aher speaks about how eunuchs are pushed into prostitution and not accepted by their own family. She says, “If you really want to help us, just stop treating us like outcasts. That’s it.” The video sends across a strong message to society that says, “To look feminine or masculine is my choice, but to be born with the sex I don’t conform with wasn’t my choice.”
However, the scenario in the country regarding eunuchs is deteriorating day by day. They are not employed by ‘normal’ companies, not treated with dignity, thrown out from their own homes and face sexual abuse. It’s about time we take a stand and treat them like humans. Watch the video and tell us if you agree with it. (Edited by Shweta Parande)