Dr. A. Balu


The spirit of the Indian Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their
potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender. Everyone has a gender identity. In India there are three
gender; male, female and transgender. The Transgender community is a part of the social order and they have an equal right in
everything that is available to all others in the world. The presence of such transgender is not new and is etched in history from
time immemorial. Transgenders were respected earlier in the society but situation has changed and they now face
discrimination and harassment. Now, transgenders will study in schools and colleges with all facility approving their admission
under the category of "disadvantaged group" dened by the Right to Education Act2009 (RTE). Transgenders are eligible for
twenty ve percent reservation under the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged students category for
admission.Many members of the transgender community were torch bearers of changes in the events of history even if they
aren't specically noted. Their discrimination has been a perennial issue and has only proven to be more spurious with time.
The discrimination the members of the transgender community face based on their class and gender make them one of the
most disempowered groups in Indian Society. The Supreme Court said they will be given educational and employment
reservation as OBCs.Transgenders are deprived of social and cultural participation, are shunned by family and society.The
paper has analysed the present educational, social and employment status of transgender community in India

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