After the verdict on section 377, Odisha’s first gazetted government officer from the transgender community, Aishwarya Rutuparna Pradhan (34) plans to marry her live-in partner.
Aishwarya, whom the Odisha government has conferred transgender identity through a gazette notification on 2017, said, “The court should now stamp its seal of approval on same-sex marriage, inheritance of property in accordance with right to equality.”
“Now marriage is confined to male and female only. The court needs to empower citizens like us to legally marry the man whom we love, adore and respect. It’s a matter of time only. The apex court would be kind enough to confer these rights to us,” she said.
“The Apex court ruling dated April 15, 2014 recognising the transgender under the third gender category and guaranteeing their constitutional rights was a shot in the arm for me. I had made up my mind to opt for third gender identity instead of male gender and written to the state government. Only last year, I have been recognised officially as transgender on all official records,” she said.
Aishwarya said “We all are eagerly waiting for the implementation of special marriage act or a new law for LGBTQ community. I have a boyfriend. We nurture the hope that we will marry soon. We will wait for apex courts favourable ruling in this regard. I have dream of my own a happy family with my life partner. I have resolved to adopt an orphan girl child following the marriage.”
“Gender identity has not posed any sort of hindrances in discharging responsibilities and duties assigned to me. The general public is appreciative of my work. They all like and respect me. I never felt belittled being a third-gender,” she said.
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