Transgender communities face severe hardships, discrimination and neglect from the society and are living under hostile conditions. Lack of proper awareness and realization of transgender issues at ground level is the ultimate cause for such issues. This group needs more attention for mainstreaming into the society.
Kerala is the first State to establish a Policy for Transgenders, in India. As a novel initiative, Social Justice Department under Government of Kerala has launched a 24×7 transgender helpline – 1800 425 2147. The objective is to provide necessary assistance to transgenders who are in distress, enlighten them with an idea of their basic rights and also provide counselling and legal assistance. This one of a kind helpline will also act as a crisis management centre that ensures the service of community counsellors and legal advisers.