India: Lack of jobs for hijras and trans people

Mohini Mahant, the first transgender woman in India to be selected to sit as jurist for a court, spoke out about the lack of employment for hijras and trans people.

Mohini Mahant (Photo courtesy of the Indian Express)
Mohini Mahant (Photo courtesy of the Indian Express


Hijras are a traditional third gender in India. The category can include trans people, eunuchs and intersex people.

Mahant, who holds a masters degree in public policy and social work, says that despite promises by authorities to bring meaningful job opportunities to trans people, no one will hire them.

Officials in Bihar, India have hired transgender people to act as security guards at girls’ and women’s safe houses to protect them from sexual assault.

In India, the state of Kerala announced a new program to help transgender people become students at higher education institutions.

This article includes text and other information from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI news.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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