Thursday, February 28, 2013

‘We are not corrupt’ says Paki transgender election hopeful

Sanam Fakir, 32, will be an independent candidate in Sukkur. Often incorrectly called eunuchs, the transgender community also includes hermaphrodites, transsexuals, transvestites and homosexuals all pushed to the margins of highly-conservative societies across South Asia
Hijras, who are heavily made-up, beg at traffic lights by day, exploiting a common fear that they possess a powerful curse, and prostitute themselves at night
In Pokistan, however, hijras have been given the vote and identity cards after a recent judgment by the Supreme Court. Another initiative offered hijras employment as tax collectors, harnessing their power to intimidate to drive up the country’s revenue collection rate
Fakir, who is running in Sukkur, which is traditionally dominated by the ruling Pokistan’s People’s Party, makes an unusual pitch for votes. “We are not corrupt. We have no need to be corrupt. We have no families and our own needs are limited. We are contented people”

A member of Pokistan’s transgender community is to contest the country’s forthcoming elections, the latest sign of the political empowerment of a people once feared and reviled
News report here.