News By/Courtesy: AKSHITA PHUTELA | 28 Jul 2020 16:25pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • She left her home at the age of 17 years
  • She worked to create awareness about STD's amongst the sex workers
  • She adopted Gayatri daughter of a sex workers which died due to illness

Society told her that she is not a woman, but she became a mother.
Gauri Sawant a transgender activist, her struggles began when she was six and her mother passed away, born in Bhawani Peth in Pune as Ganesh Sawant, she was a police officer's son.
Her mother didn't want a second child as there was a 10-year gap between her pregnancy she didn't want me to come in this world, and even tried to get an abortion in 7th month but the doctor told her that this baby was now so evolved and strong that one could not destroy her even if she was slammed against the wall it was into such yes and no back and forth circumstances that I was born so I also turned out with equally confused gender identity, she narrates.
"I didn't feel like a hijra or girl but I knew I had some unusual trait. I would always make friends with the girls and never played with the boys. And love to play Ghar-Ghar with the girls plucking leaves for the ajwain trees and cutting them into little roti is with the cap of my thumbs up and so on collecting Dana and pretend to boil them in cooker I enjoyed it so much that I would get yelled about this a lot at home but I never changed."
Her aunt at a wedding asked her that what do you want to become when you grow up she told her that she wants to be a mother.
After her mother's death, "there was no one to give me attention to worry about me when I was late from school or not doing my homework because my antics were effeminate, my father a policeman who belongs to a very much a profession was slightly embarrassed by me and was convinced that I would bring shame to the family someday he kept his distance since then and didn't Love me enough she says
She recalls that her father told her that to Road per Tali Baja Ghumea kya Hijade jaisa baat karta hai."
But she recalls that this never hold her back and she wore her identity with pride and rainbow-colored impulse.
At the age of 17 she understood that she has to leave, her father left to get the tiffin because the food would come from the mess and she left the home she had only 60 bucks with her she went to Dadar Mumbai, she had a friend, a trans sex worker who agreed to put her up for three or four days. Her friend took care of her and fed her and then she was introduced by Humsafar trust one of the oldest LGBTQ organization working in India.
Shri calls that she earned Rupees 1500 a month she was deployed to the communications and outreach team to motivate and advise people undergoing an identity crisis.
Though she rejected her biological sex eventually she chose to transform into a hijra which as of a landmark ruling by the Indian Supreme Court has now been recognized as an official third gender.
Her task was to spread awareness about STDs and induce sex workers to get tested one of them was Gayatri's mother an HIV positive sex worker.
Eventually, Gayatri'sGayatri mother passed away and there was talk of selling of Gayatri off for sex work in Sonagachi when Gauri got to know about this she just wanted to help that motherless little vulnerable girl and knew that she needs protection and care.
Gauri took her in she would feed her, bathe her, Send her to school, take care of her study, and very naturally came to share the most of a mother and her daughter she became the mother figure for Gayatri.
She also had filed a petition seeking basic rights for the LGBTQ community as well and was part of the crusade that made sure that third gender gets Aadhar card as dictated by the NALSA bench.
Gauri even tried to legalize her arrangement with Gayatri but the government did not give custody of a child to a member of the LGBTQ community but she is soldiering on and raising her on her own.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 28 Jul 2020 23:06pm IST


Tags : #women #mother #transgender #lgbtq #gaurisawant

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