Despite the judgment the Supreme Court of India of recognising transgenders as the Third gender. Directing the central and state governments to give full legal recognition to them back in 2014. They are still looked down and are subject to harassment. Sometimes even by their own family members.
This elderly couple from Chandigarh has shed their bias and opened their homes and hearts to them. Advocate Darbara Singh Chahal, 95, and his wife Shamsher Kaur Chahal, 93 are now proud parents of a Dhananjay Chauhan and her boyfriend Rudra Pratap Singh, a trans man. He had to leave their families after he reviled as transgender.
“Back home in Lucknow, my family, especially my brother, could not accept that I was no longer Mitali, but Rudra, It was difficult for them to accept me as a man. And they continued to address me with female pronouns, which cause dysphoria. But here, I can be myself in a family set up and live freely.”
Dhananjay wanted to stay back in her city and advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. But sadly, she was left with no choice but to start afresh in a new city. Society started discriminating against her family. It worsened after she started donning sarees openly post the Supreme Court’s ruling on the transgender community.
While the young couple is grateful to have found a family, the Chahal’s are also elated to have kids home.