Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune, as an autonomous organization under the Department of Social Justice and Special Assistance, Government of Maharashtra, has always been committed to the cause of equality and social justice. As part of its mandate towards the socially disadvantaged sections of the society, BARTI organizes training and research seminars for policy advocacy, training, skills development, etc.
On 20th Aug. 2017, I was privileged to be one of the Ph.D. research scholars, under Savitribai Phule Pune University, to present a seminar based on my research thesis dissertation entitled “A Critical and Comparative Analysis of Constitutional Recognition and Protection of Human Rights of Transgender People in India.”
As an emerging and dynamic issue, the subject of transgender rights concerning discrimination and harassment has lifted eyebrows even within academia. The transgender community faces a myriad of issues, ranging from child nabbing, human trafficking, begging, prostitution, drug abuse, rejection, exclusion, abuse, and discrimination.
I gave suggestions for the government, educational institutions, non-government organizations, media, and the general public, healthcare institutions, transgender welfare boards, and the transgender community. However, there were some shortcomings and limitations of the research since this community has been sidelined and alienated from mainstream society.
In attendance to this two-day seminar were imminent professors and dignitaries in the human rights field among other researchers who greatly contributed to the subject matter.