Transgender Community to Boycott Lok Sabha Elections if Draft Policy not Implemented
GUWAHATI: Members of the transgender community informed on Wednesday that they will boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections if the state government doesn’t implement the recently released revised state policy on transgenders.
The policy is meant for the welfare and development of the transgender community in Assam.
“The entire community will boycott the Lok Sabha elections if the state government doesn’t implement the revised policy at the earliest,” informed Swati Bidhan Baruah, first transgender judge of Assam and founder of All Assam Transgender Association (AATA).
It is expected that more than 11,000 transgender voters will vote in the Lok Sabha elections this time.
The social welfare department had earlier released a draft policy on transgenders, but it was criticised heavily by the transgender community. The AATA had then written to the state government suggesting some changes in the policy, which were later incorporated in the policy.
Swati Bidhan Baruah at a press meet