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Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities
Year : 2015, Volume : 5, Issue : 4
First page : ( 108) Last page : ( 117)
Online ISSN : 2249-7315.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2249-7315.2015.00084.2

Let Us to Live: Social Exclusion of Hijra Community

Mal Sibsankar

Department of Geography, S.S.M. College, Keshpur, West Bengal, India

Online published on 4 April, 2015.


Indian Transgenders are commonly known as the Hijras which are marginalized, abused, scorned and callously neglected community in India. But they are also a part of our society and they have equal right to everything that is available to all other persons. The various types of discrimination based on their class and gender disorder makes the community one of the most stigmatized and disempowered group in Indian Society. The study aims to showcase briefly the socio living status of Hijras, focusing on the prevalence of the problems faced by them with special reference to their health and socio economic harassment. An exploratory cum descriptive research design with a non-random purposive sampling including the snowball technique was adopted, to collect data from 51 Hijras in Kharagpur town from the state of West Bengal, India. Majority of Hijras stated that they faced several health problems and also problems related to harassment, unlawful penalties, sexual and mental abuse, violence and deprivation of human rights. This study is centered on the continued denial of equality, and the prolonged in difference and apathy of the society towards Hijras who have been marginalized because of their paradox gender identity. These persons are usually rejected from their families and other social organizations and face varied forms of social exclusion. Being denied of proper education, health care and means to employment, they are most commonly forced into forms of ritualized begging.



Gender identity, Harassment, Hijra, Marginalized, Social exclusion.


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