KOCHI: More than a year after Kerala released a unique policy envisaging to end the stigma towards transgenders and stop discrimination, many cases have been filed against them for harassing and robbing people in and around Ernakulam South.
Deepak Pujara, a Gujarati social worker based in Kochi, filed a police complaint seeking prompt action against these transgenders who are targeting innocent civilians. “Many people are being victimized by the third gender, but the number of complaints being filed is less due to the social stigma. Preemptive action should be taken in order to ensure the safety of the citizens,” he says. He alleges that there are around 50 to 100 transgenders, mostly from neighbouring states like Karnataka, who have established a base here. Some of them are allegedly engaged in prostitution and can be seen plying their trade at different parts of the city, especially Kaloor. A student said that he had been robbed by a group of transgenders.