The hijra community is deprived of several rights under civil law because Indian law recognises only two sexes. This means that hijras do not have the right to vote, marry and own a ration card, a passport or a driving licence, or claim employment and health benefits.
“Hijras trace their origins to myths in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Rama, while leaving for the forest upon being banished from the kingdom for 14 years, turns around to his followers and asks all the `men and women' to return to the city. Among his followers the hijras alone do not feel bound by this direction and decide to stay with him. Impressed with their devotion, Rama sanctions them the power to confer blessings on people on auspicious occasions like childbirth and marriage, and also at inaugural functions. This set the stage for the custom of badhai in which hijras sing, dance and confer blessings.”(frontline wrote)
The situation is no different in the present state of things. The Rulers and the society are still unaware of the very existence of these transgender communities with in the citizenry. Even the high-sounding discourses on Human rights often overlook these Humans because they are occupied with the larger issues of MEN and WOMEN. But they are no longer the deprived community of the voiceless. They have started showing their signs of awakening. They have started to realize their life and their right to live, and to live decently. Their fight is yet to be visible though.