Transgender patients in the south western Indian state of Karnataka will soon have their own wards in state-run hospitals.
This is yet another feat for the community who has obtained their ration cards, voter IDs, passports and driving licenses in the recent past.
Currently, hospitals often attend to male and female patients first. As a result, many trans patients, who face even more discrimination if contracted with HIV/AIDS, leave without receiving any medical care.
After eight months of lobbying from activists, the state government passed an order earlier this month and stipulated that various government hospitals must reserve a two-bed ward for the treatment of trans-patients, reported BangaloreMirror.
A transgender person will no longer have to produce a castration certificate for getting the benefits provided the state. Instead, they can submit an affidavit along with a membership reference from two transgender rights groups in the state.
Activists hailed the official recognition of their need and demand. ‘We welcome this decision and thank the government,’ said Akkai Padmashali, who received a new passport reflecting her true gender only in September after a short delay.
State capital Bangalore will hold its sixth Pride on 24 Nov. Organizers have been calling for better medical facilities for the trans community, including free access to transitioning resources.
Up to 5000 people joined the event last year, which was described as the most successful edition as yet.