Published:  12:08 AM, 09 November 2018

Hijras demand reserve seat in Parliament

Hijras demand reserve seat in Parliament Third gender community members demonstrated in front the Jatiya Press Club yesterday. 'Why we are deprived of constitutional rights' - one of their placards read. -Mostafizur Rahman

"We want to be journalists, teachers or government officers. If it is possible in other countries, why not in Bangladesh," questioned a third gender community member.   

They came up with the remark while addressing a demonstration in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday. The third gender communities also demonstrated for a reserved seat in the House.

Under the banner of the organization 'Brihannala', they also voiced their concern for the inclusion of third gender community members in political parties and reflecting on their rights in election manifestos.

Dhaka University Prof Dr Muhammad Mahburur Rahman, Prof Sadeka Halim, Sayeda Tahmina Akhter and Prof Dr Tarikh Ahsan expre-ssed their solidarity with the demonstration.     

Dr Rahman said: "They (hijras) are just like us and they also have families. They are isolated from their family and basic rights due to negative attitudes. Criticizing the policymakers and authorities responsible, he commented: "There is hardly any visible progress of the initiatives taken up by the government."

"If Bangla-desh can host 11 lakh Rohingya refugees, why we are deprived of all the corners," questioned Rubi, a third gender community member. Another Hasna said: "Only our representative can truly reflect on the demands.  We also want to take part in the election through which we can table our rights and concerns.''

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