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Two arbitrators held for intimidating transgender person

  • Published at 08:24 pm April 28th, 2021
Map of Sirajganj district Dhaka Tribune

The victim was given a month to leave his home along with his family

Police in Sirajganj have arrested two persons for asking a transgender person to leave the village along with his family members.

Ullapara police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Dipak Kumar Das said that the duo – Manjur Alam and Meser Ali – were picked up from the municipality area early on Wednesday.

On April 14, the arbitration was held against Manirul Islam, 27, of Char Ghatina village under Ullapara upazila, only for being a hijra.

The duo not only asked him to leave the village in a month with his family, but also kept on insisting to comply with the order at the earliest.

Under immense pressure and with no way left, Manirul’s elder brother Majnu Miah filed a case on Tuesday, accusing 12 people including Manjur and Meser. The duo were sent to jail through the court on Wednesday.

Manirul said that he wanted to live a normal life, “but the society is not ready to welcome hijras.

“We’re even told to leave our birthplace by selling our homestead and other assets only for my hormonal disorder which caused me to become a transgender person.”

Transgender people are commonly known as hijras in Bangladesh and they belong to one of the most neglected and under-privileged communities in the country, with a lion’s share of them making a living by begging, extortion and even prostitution.

They are even neglected at educational institutions and by the society at large.

Officially, there are 10,000 hijras in Bangladesh, according to a survey of the Department of Social Services. However, several private organizations that are working to protect the rights of the hijra community estimated that there could be more than 50,000 hijras in the country.





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