Minister Sivankutty assures job and security for transwoman Aneera Kabeer
Thiruvananthapuram: Aneera Kabeer, who was mooting to seek euthanasia due to the discrimination she faced for being a transwoman, met Education Minister V Sivankutty at his office in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
The struggles faced by Aneera drew the attention of the public after Mathrubhumi published her ordeal. She was dismissed from a temporary job as a junior teacher in a government school in Palakkad. She was also denied jobs in several schools thanks to her gender identity despite having the qualifications. Following this, Aneera has appealed to the Legal Services Authority seeking the help of a lawyer to apply for euthanasia in the High Court. In her plea, she complained that she can not work and live as a trans woman in this country.
After the news came out, the Minister V Shivankutty and others have come forward to support her. Minister spoke to her over the phone on the day the report was published.
During the meeting, the minister said that he had discussed the matter with the Deputy Director of Education and made the arrangements for her to continue in the post. The minister also assured that he would look into the possibility of finding any other job and provide all possible assistance from the part of the government.
Aneera also shared the story of neglect and abuse she experienced as a transgender when she was interviewed in various government schools. She also told the minister that she is responsible to take care of her family after her brother died in the accident. Meantime, Aneera stated that she is not interested in going back to the same school she was expelled from there. She fears her return may cause trouble.
Aneera drew the attention of the Minister to the need for reservations for transgenders in government jobs.