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

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
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Uttar Pradesh’s First Transgender-Only Toilet Built In VaranasiVaranasi’s local government has opened a dedicated toilet for the transgender community which is the first such toilet in the state
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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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