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Uttar Pradesh’s First Transgender-Only Toilet Built In Varanasi

According to an official at the municipal corporation of Varanasi, the operation and maintenance of the toilet complex has been handed over to the transgender community but cleaning will be done by the corporation staff

Uttar Pradesh’s First Transgender-Only Toilet Built In Varanasi
Highlights
  • There should be more transgender-only toilets: A beneficiary
  • At least 4-5 such toilets will be built soon: Varanasi Municipal Official
  • SC issued a directive in 2014 for separate public toilets for transgenders

New Delhi: With an aim to provide access to toilets to the people from the transgender community in the city, the municipal corporation of Varanasi has built a toilet dedicated to them. This toilet, according to Gaurang Rathi, municipal commissioner of Varanasi, is the first transgender-only toilet in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The transgender toilet which was formally inaugurated by Mayor Mridula Jaiswal on February 18 is located in Kamachha area of Varanasi which is in close proximity to the places where the people from the transgender community are living.

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While talking to NDTV, Pinki, a 42-year-old member of the transgender community said,

It is not easy for us to go inside a public toilet when we need one. I spend a lot of time outside but still, I always feel a disconnect from the other people in society, mainly because of the way we are perceived. I am glad that the municipal corporation of Varanasi has taken this initiative. I hope they will make more such toilets in other cities as well.

According to Vivek Rai, a senior official at Varanasi municipal corporation, more toilets will be built for the transgender community soon in the city. He said,

The toilet complex has been made in order to promote inclusivity and to further promote Prime Minister’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in his constituency. We have asked the members of the transgender community here to identify the places where they think a toilet facility is required. We will then go and survey the site and start the process as soon as possible. At least 4-5 such toilets will be built soon.

When asked about the maintenance of the toilet complex, Mr Rai said that the operation and maintenance of the toilet complex have been handed over to the transgender community, but cleaning will be done by the corporation staff themselves on a daily basis.

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Talking about ensuring that the toilet complex is used by the transgender community only, Mr Rai said,

The toilet is for transgenders only and not for others. This has been clearly mentioned on the signage board installed at the toilet. Since the community members will be operating the toilet themselves, they will ensure that the dedicated toilet complex fulfils its purpose.

Salman Chaudhary, a representative of the transgender community in the city said this was a long-awaited demand and there is still a lack of sensitivity from the authorities and people as access to toilets is still a matter of concern for them. He said,

It is easy to find a community or public toilet for men and women in the city but there was a lack of a toilet for transgender people. Many times, the members of the transgender community who spend most of their day on the road avoid drinking enough water for the fear of going to the washroom.

Toilets For Transgender Community In India

In its April 2014 verdict, the Supreme Court of India accorded “third gender” status to transgender people and issued a directive for separate toilets for them in public places. According to the Population Census 2011, there are around 4.88 lakh transgender people in the country. Till now, only few cities like Mysore, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi have been able to implement the Supreme Court directive. The government of Delhi has recently directed all its departments and municipal corporations to set up separate toilet facilities for transgenders in their respective offices. In rural areas of the country, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation had issued guidelines to the Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin (dated April 3, 2017) stating that transgender people must be allowed to use public toilets designated for both men and women, depending on their choice.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

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22,84,48,447Active
3,40,97,388Recovered
52,79,148Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,78,24,983 and 52,79,148 have died; 22,84,48,447 are active cases and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 3:47 am.

India

3,46,66,241 9,419Cases
94,742 1,009Active
3,40,97,388 8,251Recovered
4,74,111 159Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,66,241 confirmed cases including 4,74,111 deaths. The number of active cases is 94,742 and 3,40,97,388 have recovered as on December 9, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,40,888 893

9,964 157

64,89,720 1,040

1,41,204 10

Kerala

51,78,892 5,038

41,615 887

50,95,263 4,039

42,014 112

Karnataka

29,99,098 399

7,284 155

29,53,565 238

38,249 6

Tamil Nadu

27,32,648 703

7,946 36

26,88,142 728

36,560 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,74,217 181

2,011 3

20,57,749 176

14,457 2

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,502 10

139 7

16,87,452 3

22,911

West Bengal

16,20,803 574

7,576 0

15,93,659 568

19,568 6

Delhi

14,41,514 65

404 28

14,16,010 36

25,100 1

Odisha

10,50,760 255

1,931 11

10,40,403 264

8,426 2

Chhattisgarh

10,07,075 37

341 9

9,93,140 27

13,594 1

Rajasthan

9,54,984 40

236 16

9,45,792 24

8,956

Gujarat

8,27,873 67

417 45

8,17,361 22

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,288 14

140 1

7,82,619 13

10,529

Haryana

7,71,904 29

223 15

7,61,626 14

10,055

Bihar

7,26,259 9

36 6

7,14,133 3

12,090

Telangana

6,77,546 205

3,871 19

6,69,673 185

4,002 1

Assam

6,18,042 134

2,541 24

6,09,374 158

6,127

Punjab

6,03,578 22

350 0

5,86,614 20

16,614 2

Jharkhand

3,49,383 16

129 7

3,44,113 23

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,402 17

192 3

3,36,799 14

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,38,198 151

1,639 38

3,32,070 111

4,489 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,753 69

722 14

2,23,174 81

3,857 2

Goa

1,79,307 65

441 37

1,75,478 28

3,388

Mizoram

1,37,377 320

3,049 10

1,33,819 309

509 1

Puducherry

1,29,128 23

230 1

1,27,022 22

1,876

Manipur

1,25,429 23

325 5

1,23,119 28

1,985

Tripura

84,888 14

94 11

83,968 3

826

Meghalaya

84,631 12

240 11

82,916 23

1,475

Chandigarh

65,515 7

67 2

64,628 5

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,298 3

29 2

54,989 5

280

Sikkim

32,390 8

200 2

31,785 6

405

Nagaland

32,143 1

116 2

31,328 3

699

Ladakh

21,749 14

230 17

21,304 31

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,405

11 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,691 1

3 0

7,559 1

129

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