Homes for transgender children, who are in need of protection and care, will soon be established in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It will be India’s first such homes. The project got approval from the Ministry of Women and Child Development last week. The two transgender homes will have the capacity to shelter 50 children each.

Indian Administrative Service officer Pallavi Akurathi, Director, Directorate of Child Protection is the one who suggested an idea to establish separate homes for transgender children. She came to know that many transgender children were not comfortable in State-run children’s homes for girls or boys.

“My field level staff informed me that in many instances when transgender children who are in need of care and protection are produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), they are not able to place these children in the existing children’s homes for boys and girls. CWCs avoid placing these children in the existing children’s homes. I spoke to several people from the transgender community who spoke about the violence and abuse they faced as transgenders and decided that it is best that a separate home is established exclusively for such a vulnerable section of children,” Akurathi told The Hindu.

It was not easy for her to get the nod from the Central government as it was a completely different initiative. She added that the PAB held in May 2020 did not approve it, however, she again submitted the proposal in the supplementary PAB held on October 15, 2020.

Antony Sebastian, Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, also believes that it is important to house transgender children in separate home as they face stigma and abuse.