They are neither homeless nor social orphans. They have a home away from home, despite being neglected by families and relatives and shunned by society. Thanks to Garima Greh, Bela (dancing in blue and black) and others live in dignity, with their heads held high. The 22-year-old Bela is a self-taught kathak dancer, who learnt the skills on the Internet, Once she realized that she was transgender, she left home as she wasn’t supported by parents. But it didn’t matter; she found Garima Greh. She still visits her family, but in silent secrecy. Rudrani Chhetri, who runs this home, represents Mitr Trust. There are scores of state-sponsored Garima Grehs across India.
Varanda (below), 21, wants to be independent and financially empowered. The fatherless transgender left home when her younger brother threw her out. With support from friends, she married, but was mercilessly beaten by her husband. Her refuge: Garima Greh. Others, like Chahat, have similar stories to tell and yell.
Are we listening?