Inspector General of Sindh Police, Syed Kaleem Imam has revealed that transgender people can now join the Sindh Police as regular duty officers. Imam said that it is high time that more opportunities are given to transgender people as they are just given small jobs in the government.
In 2009, the transgender community first got its due when the Supreme Court granted them equal status and equal rights as that given to other citizens.
Also, the apex court allowed transgender people to receive their Computerized national identity cards as ‘third sex’.
But even after this historic verdict, discrimination has prevailed. Imam said that transgender people are God-gifted citizens just like normal people.
He said, “We should stand by them.”
For decades the transgender community has faced discrimination not just in Pakistan but also in India and Bangladesh. Most of them live in isolation and survive by dancing, begging, or sex work.
10,418 transgender people are inhabiting in Pakistan as per 2017 census. But the rights group Charity Trans Action Pakistan has stated that there are at least 500,000 transgender individuals in Pakistan.
Back in 2017, the first passport was issued that had a transgender category. Then recently transgender people have been hired in professions like anchoring, fashion models, etc. Now the big news is that we will find them in police force as well,