Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Social empowerment.
1) Voting in elections have turned into another fight against societal stigma for the Transgender sections of our Indian society. Discuss.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article paints a bleak picture of the poor participation quotient of the transgender community owing to societal stigma associated with the community.
Key demands of the question:
The answer must discuss the factor of societal ostracization faced by the transgender community and that leading to low voter turnout in the elections. Answer must evaluate the factors responsible and what should be the way forward for it.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Introduce by highlighting the importance of inclusiveness in the election system of the country.
The body of the answer should address the following dimensions:
- Discuss the historical factors responsible for such ostracized status of the transgender community.
- Explain – The fear, particularly of being judged and mocked, how the community is stigmatized when one stands in a polling queue with others.
- Suggest what needs to be done to streamline and mainstream the community – A mechanism to instils confidence in the community to vote needs to be formulated, strong activism.
Conclude with steps to overcome such societal stigmas.