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Transgender Women in India face Persistent Bias that Denies them Education and Jobs, says Activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a founder of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network said that most of the transgender people in India face discrimination and that too from a young age.

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Mumbai, December 6, 2016: In India, Transgender face discrimination that often does not allow them proper education or jobs despite India has progressive laws for the transgender people, a leading activist said.

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According to Reuters, “In a landmark judgment in 2014, India’s Supreme Court ruled that transgender people had equal rights under the law, and granted legal status to the third gender. Alongside the right to marry and inherit property, they are also eligible for quotas in jobs and educational institutions.”

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a founder of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network said that most of the transgender people in India face discrimination and that too from a young age. Transgender women are particularly abused in the country where patriarchy is deep rooted.
She said, “Many transgender people are thrown out of their homes by their families, lack a formal education and are denied jobs. They are forced into sex work, begging or dancing at weddings to make a living.”

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“We have among the most progressive laws for transgender people: the 2014 judgment gives us the right to choose our gender identity, so if I believe I’m a woman, I’m a woman,” Laxmi said at a panel hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Asia Society on Monday.

“But people are still biased. That’s why no one will hire us, except in the non-profit sector, and we have no choice but to beg or do sex work.”

Laxmi who was born into an orthodox Brahmin family became one of the most well-known advocates for the transgender people.

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Transgender women who are known as ‘hijras’ are considered really auspicious in India. In fact, they are also featured in the Hindu mythology, and at weddings and childbirths their blessings are sought. But, then abuse and exploitation of Transgender people in the very same country are also common.

by NewsGram team with inputs from Reuters

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?