New Delhi: They live on the margins of society and are constantly discriminated and abused, yet, it is them who are coming to the rescue of migrant labourers, who are returning home amid the coronavirus lockdown. Here, we are talking of transgenders, who, despite facing social stigma have displayed compassion and have come forward to provide water and food to these workers. Also Read - ‘Tax Dijiye, Dua Lijiye’: Odisha Civic Body Recruits Transgenders to Collect Pending Taxes From Defaulters
As per reports, about 50 transgenders in Bareilly are providing biscuits and fruits to 100 people every day. Prema, a transgender, told IANS that 50 of her friends are planning to start a a community kitchen to provide hot cooked food but are waiting for necessary permission from the local administration.
“There are several families who are daily wage workers and they depend on daily earning for food. We are serving food to them because we feel that serving humanity is the best service,” said Prema.
Another group of about 30 transgenders in Prayagraj too are serving food and water bottles to travelers and also the homeless. Not just that, they have also taken upon themselves to educate people about coronavirus.
“We have stationed ourselves near the temples because most of the homeless and migrants come here for relief. We are using our savings to help people caught in the lockdown,” said Ishwari, a transgender.
Rajesh Kumar, a migrant labourer, who was provided food by the group on Sunday, said, “We always ridicule these people but today, they have been my saviour. After going without food for almost 70 hours, they gave me food and water.”
Hats off to them!
(With Agency inputs)