This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member azzayindia who was on the scene.
Transgendered person contesting election of MP in Uttarakhand
A transgendered person known locally as hijra Rajni Rawat is once again contesting for the Member of Parliament or MP fom Tehri parliamentary seat in Uttarakhand. Rajni Rawat had fought for election of Mayor from Dehradun and gained popularity since then although she lost but came second defeating the nearest Congress Rival which was an achievement.
Transgendered people or 'Hijras' in India are considered outcasts and have their own community which goes on begging on any marriage or child birth ceremony.
The Hijras--men who dress and act like women--have been a presence in India for generations. Within South Asian society they maintain a third-gender role that has become institutionalized through tradition.
Hijras are often defined as eunuchs (castrated males) and acknowledged both in Hindu and Muslim cultures. Numerous references to eunuchs in the royal courts of India's Muslim rulers are cited as the Hijras' legacy. The fact that many don't consider themselves true Hijras until they have undergone the "emasculation operation" links them to this tradition, as do elements of Islamic practice that they observe, such as burying rather than cremating their dead.
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Rajni Rawat was on a visit to Mussoorie for a road show. She is getting lot of support because the voter is fed up with the political parties. Will she win is the big question.
Rajni Rawat begins her election campaign with road show in Mussoorie
MUSSOORIE: MAR 14
Rajni Rawat Eunuch MP Candidate from Tehri Constituency began her election campaign from Mussoorie by organizing a road show starting from Library Bazaar to Landour bazaar. She met the shopkeepers and the residents of Mussoorie one to one and appealed them to try her out as MP this time. The workers in hundred gathered at King Craig to welcome the National president of Jan Kranti Party Rajni Rawat with floral offering.Rajni Rawat was elated with the response shown by the people of Mussoorie and decided to walk on foot and meet with the voter in person. Later she inaugurated her office at Picture palace by cutting ribbon and lighting lamp. In a press conference held later she appealed to people of Mussoorie that most of the candidates till now have just exploited the poor public of the constituency and served only their families. The hard earned money of the public has gone in the foreign education of their children. But as she had no children of her own so she will work for the constituency in non partisan way. The state Vice president of the party Gurcharan Lal Chadda said on the occasion that he joined Rajni Rawat because of her integrity and honesty which was lacing in the congress candidate. He also said that the congress party in Mussoorie has become syndicate of five people in total and there was no respect for any other person in the party. This was the main reason for him to break from congress.Rajni Rawat aid that love and affection of people will surely result in her win in the coming elections. She said her proprieties will be to fill the empty coffers of the state and for that she already has support from the country and abroad.Rajni also said that she was social worker first and politician later. Eight year old Naresh adopted by Rajni Rawat fom Jhakhol Village in Tehri Garhwal also accompanied her in this march. She also challenged any of the candidates on fray to adopt a single child and keep him or her in their home.Gurcharan Chadda, Ravinder Goyal, Shashank Kothari, Devi Godiyal, Mrinal Kant and others were present on the occasion. Many from BJP and Congress joined Rajni Rawat on the occasion.