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Transgender Activists Film ‘Healthcare Woes Of Transgenders’ In West Bengal

by Julia Samuel on May 12, 2015 at 11:25 AM
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Transgender Activists Film ‘Healthcare Woes Of Transgenders’ In West Bengal

Transgender activists and sexual rights groups are in the process of shooting a documentary on the problems that transgenders face regarding accessible healthcare in West Bengal, India. The volunteers of a non-profit organization have filmed the experiences based on research on healthcare violations faced by the community in the state.

"There are violations and the documentary aims to narrate the core issues linked to basic healthcare. For example, one aspect is how transgender members are treated by physicians when they go for a health check-up," said Suchandra, a member of the Civilian Welfare Foundation.

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Shooting began last week and the team will travel to various pockets in the state where right groups were working on these problems. Ganguly said that the documentary would reflect the pan-Indian scenario as well.

It will also explore whether they were treated as equals, a year after the Supreme Court's landmark judgment recognizing transgenders as the third gender.

The court had directed the government to extend them reservations in the backward classes category in jobs and education and provide them healthcare. It also held that they enjoyed all rights under the Constitution.

Source: Medindia
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