For a first in India, Bhopal’s Municipal Corporation mayor and BJP leader Alok Sharma has given the nod for constructing exclusive toilets for transgenders.
Sharma, on his visit to Mangalwara, met transgender people and zeroed in on the land where the toilets will be constructed. The first of the toilets will be built on an existing site for public conveniences, which are worn out.
“Kinnars (as the transgender community is referred to) have to struggle for things that we take for granted. I have spent my childhood in the walled city and I am aware of their problems,” said Sharma as reported in Catch News.
After the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that separate toilets should be built for transgenders, the transgender community echoed their sentiments about the same when Bhopal’s Smart City Project kicked off.
“BMC will construct separate public toilets for the transgender community, beginning in areas where it is most needed, including near hospitals. Depending on the response to these toilets a decision will be made to create more such spaces in the future,” said Sharma.
Change is the only constant and hopefully, the changes made in Bhopal will turn out to be on a constant basis throughout the country.