This sudden announcement of pandemic situation of COVID-19 was not taken well by many vulnerable groups, including migrant workers, daily wagers including sex workers, and the hijras, a third- gender community in India.
Members of the hijra community typically earn money by asking for voluntary donations in exchange for their blessings. Most hijras undergo castration, and the absence of penis and testicles is believed to give them the power to confer fertility. Newlywed couples and pregnant women often seek hijras’ blessings, which they bestow during flamboyant performances of singing and dancing at public functions like weddings and baby showers. Some hijras also beg at traffic intersections and on public transportation. These ways of self-employments are totally the opposite of “social distancing,” a public hygiene practice the Indian government has already adopted in its fight against the global pandemic. Performing at weddings, begging, and engaging in sex work are now no longer available to the hijras as primary sources of livelihood.
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The world's largest lockdown stripped them of these crucial months, profoundly affecting the way they saved, earned and lived for the rest of the pandemic. These wounds had hardly begun to heal as they, along with India’s 1.38 billion population, now face another slew of lockdowns in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19. The transgender community continues to experience discrimination in health care services, and which are more implied during public health emergencies like COVID-19. Eventually their right to healthcare is neither respected, protected nor full filled.
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