Transgender community has always been viewed with utter contempt and as a stigma to the Indian society. The term transgender refers to a person possessing traits of the sex that is not assigned to him or her biologically. The societal stigma attached to the identity of transgender community has witnessed change over time, supplemented by legal recognition granted to the community by the Supreme Court in India.
The voter registration of the community has seen a steady rise with the registration doubling from 2,100 in 2013 to 4,552 in 2018. However, the representation of the transgender community in the electoral race in India indicates towards a marginal rise. Lack of inclination towards pitching candidates from the community further adds to the political trend. However, the picture is not as depressing as the recent nomination of transgender in Indore; BalaVaishwara, an independent candidate in State assembly elections 2018 and their acceptance by people provides a ray of hope to other transgender people who wish to enter the realm of politics.
However, the new legislation passed by Lok Sabha has brought into light the inadequacies of the party in power in addressing the issue of transgender rights. The legislation incorporates the clause that anyone who “compels or entices a transgender person” to beg could face jail time of up to two years – a clause that campaigners say could be misused to imprison transgender people. The anger of the transgender community towards the legislation could prove detrimental to the electoral performance of BJP in the Lok Sabha and State Elections respectively to be held in 2019.