Transgenders Fashion Show at Panjab University, Chandigarh
Courtesy: The Tribune
Though people in the region have been hit hard by the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, it has resulted in a increase of 50 to 55 per cent in the income of transgenders. Interestingly, residents are themselves inviting them and donating double the amount they used to give them on routine days.In fact, businessmen are also donating them a hefty amount in scrapped currency.
On routine days, residents give Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 to them but in past eight days, they are being paid Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000, depending on the family status. Sarika, a transgender from Dehradun, said the government move had proved to be boon for their group as their income had almost doubled. Though to get the money exchanged at banks is a big challenge for them, they do not mind receiving payment in scrapped currency.
Kajal Mangal Mukhi, a transgender from Mani Majra, said they had been flooded with invitations from the residents who wanted to donated scrapped currency notes. Kajal said those who used to donate very little were the most generous. However, Kavya, a transgender from New Delhi, said their group was not accepting scrapped notes as it was a difficult task to get these exchanged from the banks.
24 walk the ramp…
As many as 24 transgenders walked the ramp during a fashion show organised for them the first time in the region by the Changing, Reforming and Empowering the World (CREW), an NGO. The event, “TRANSform”, was held at the law auditorium of Panjab University, Chandigarh. The auditorium was filled to capacity with students thronging the venue to see the transgenders walk the ramp.
Six transgenders also performed giddha. The president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Pardeep Chhabra, graced the occasion. The event was judged by Dr Vidha Ray, principal, DAV School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, and Jaya Bhardwaj, principal, Hansraj Public School, Panchkula.
The event was divided into three parts- introduction, ramp walk and talent hunt. Of the 24 participants, six were shortlisted for the final round, in which they sang and danced. Bunty (56), a resident of Chandigarh, bagged the top spot. Devyanshu, who is a citizen of the USA but staying in India with other transgenders these days, bagged the second position. Mahi stood third in the competition.