Hyderabad: Call it a social stigma or intentional negligence by political parties in giving due significance, there was no optimistic influence on transgenders’ vote enrollment within the Lok Sabha elections within the state.

Even although the chief electoral officer of Telangana and different officers have given a lift to transgenders by appointing an informed transgender Laila Oruganti as a model ambassador to create consciousness amongst transgenders, solely 2,737 of them have enrolled their names as voters. There are roughly 1.50 lakh transgenders unfold throughout the state.

Laila Oruganti careworn that there’s a social stigma, which restricts them to come back ahead and enroll themselves as voters. This is basically because of the absence of help from the government and political parties to them.

“When the governments reserved constituencies for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections for SCs and STs, why did they fail to allocate separate reservations for transgenders to contest in elections?” Laila asked and added that at least 10 per cent of transgenders in the state are educated.

“We tried our greatest to encourage transgenders and the significance of exercising the correct of vote. We hope the determine will go up sooner or later,” said Laila, who holds a master’s degree in sociology from Kakatiya University.

The 35-year-old Rahini from Balanagar said that some days back, she received a text message to enroll herself as a voter. “I do not wish to enroll as I do not wish to disclose my particulars,” she added.

Transgender Sneha, who works for his or her rights in Hanamkonda, stated that she is working for the uplift of the neighborhood. There are plenty of educated transgenders however nobody is prepared to supply jobs to us. We demand the government to supply reservations for transgenders, Sneha stated.

Transgenders enrolled as voters within the final decade

2024 Lok Sabha polls: 2,737

2023 Assembly polls: 2,557

2018 Assembly polls: 2,885

2014 Assembly polls: 2,000


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