Even after countless protests, speeches and pleas, the LGTBTQ+ community is struggling for acceptance in the society, especially in India. There are several activists from the community who are making a difference in the world, trying to change people’s perspectives. Sintu Bagui is one of the few who has dedicated her life to the cause of getting equality for the community.
Sintu Bagui, a trans woman and part-time sex worker in the Sonagachi district of Kolkata. Sintu’s mother passed away when she was 21. She lives with her father, elder sister and her kids, and her grandmother.
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For Sintu, hauled heavy sheets of wooden board doing cleaning jobs in 12-hour shifts was a better option than going to the government school. Her hands were bruised and blistered at the end of each day but in school she was treated differently.
Bagui’s mother, a sex worker who lived in a red-light area, was devastated. It had not been easy to enroll Bagui at the school. She told Huffington Post in a recent interview that she did not want to use the boys’ washroom, she did not want to wear a boy’s uniform.
Sintu was forced to drop out of school as her parents did not support, nor did Society. She says that most trans people from poor families do not get an education, and a job is still dream for all of them. The only possible acceptance they get is as sex workers. She says that if there is no other work available for the community, sex work is the only thing they can depend upon.
In 2014, the Supreme Court formally acknowledged transgender as a “third gender.” The judgment has significant repercussions for civil rights, rights of inheritance, and it directs state governments to set aside government jobs for the community. However, despite this judgment, it is difficult understand its implications.
In order to make it more accessible and make people understand, Sintu is breaking down the court’s decision into simpler terms and translating it into the Bengali language.
Sintu says she wants to get married and that she wants to go for a sexual reassignment surgery as her ambition. However, it would require a lot more money in her hands to go through that, and this is what Sintu is currently tying to accomplish along with uplifting the community.