With just a fortnight left before the release of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), the transgender community of Assam is in fear of being excluded from the NRC and also losing their citizenship as about 15 to 20 thousand transgender people do not have sufficient documents.
According to newly appointed member judge of the Lok Adalat, Swati Bidhan Baruah told in an exclusive interview with media that one major threat that the transgender community is facing is related to the NRC as at least 15 thousand people do not have proper documents because most of them were chased away from their homes or abandoned by their families.
Some of the transgenders who changed their gender from male to female are also confused on the issue. According to Baruah, although there was a slot for making ‘other’ as a gender in the NRC form but no directives were given on what documents were needed along with that.
Baruah further added that the whole community is in a dilemma and fear. They have fear of being termed as Bangladeshi as no action is taken by the NRC authorities to solve their problem.
Baruah also added that keeping this issue in mind, they wrote a letter to the NRC authorities but they have not received any response on the actions taken. Due to this issue, the transgender community has now planned to approach the Supreme Court of India.
They will file a petition on the issue on 15 July so that they can get a sensitive directive from the apex court on the issue.
Baruah stated that currently, there are various meetings and discussions going on with the community regarding the NRC.