Namaskar, Aadab, Khushamadeed… Satyamev Jayate.
Satyamev Jayate is back, and this time with a sensitive topic — Gender Identity Disorder. This post has also a special video from Aamir Khan with Diwali wishes. So go on reading further to explore more on the third episode of Satyamev Jayate’s season 3. I hope you know about the show this time, I am sharing an extract which I found on internet. I could not get time to write about the episode. My dear friends who wait for the episodes to be written on this blog in English or French, sincere apologizes for not writing on this topic. Further to compensate, I have a special video at the end 🙂
Gazal Daliwal: The first person on the show. Introduced as a writer in Bollywood, Gazal was an engineer who worked at Infosys, Mysore. She talks about how she was born as a boy and loved the simplistic things that most girls like. She talks about how she was teased at school, and how she felt like she was trapped in the wrong body– she was suffering from Gender Identity Disorder or Gender Dysphoria. She explains how her parents, although ignorant about her problem, were very supportive of her and the situation she was in. She then talks about how she came to Mumbai, and as she was studying in Xavier’s college she realised the gender identity disorder is a real thing. The best part was that when she talked to her parents, they asked her when she was getting the sex change operation. In the end she talks about how she felt freed after the surgery and at peace. Towards the end, Aamir Khan talks to her parents and asks them about how they managed to tell the people who lived around them. They said that they went from one person to another telling them about her sex change operation.
Deepak: A boy from Ajmeer who talks about how he felt out of place in school when he did not fit in. He talks about how he was always effeminate and people would always make fun of him. Deepak also says that when he was school he watched girls and boys being attracted to each other, and how he did not understand what all the fuss about. But things changed when he talks about another boy who showed interest in him and he realised that he was attracted to men and not women. In the end Deepak talks about how his parents worried about his future and were afraid. He adds by saying that his parents took a while to understand but today are happy at seeing him do well in life.
In the third segment of this show, Aamir Khan asks people about their opinion
Dr Anjali: Aamir Khan asks the doctor if being bi-sexual or gay is a disease. To this she says that this is a trait that is from birth. And it is impossible to change this medically. She reiterates that this cannot be changed by any form of treatment. Then Aamir asks if this can be treated with Yoga, to which she laughs and says there is no treatment for this, as it is not a disease.
Aamir then allows the audience to ask question to the doctor. The first question is from a concerned father who asks that he is the father of two ‘normal’ children and can homosexuality be passed on if his children play with a homosexual? To this Dr Anjali says that first of all people who are gay or bi-sexual are also normal and it does not pass on. The second parent asks about the first three steps a parent should take if their child tells them that he is gay. To which the doctor says that parents should support the child.
Divya: This is the story of a couple who were married for 10 years, after which they split up. Divya then talks about how she did not like attention from boys. She then met a boy who made her very comfortable and eventually married him. Being from a conservative family, she never understood that she was a lesbian. But when her parents started pressurizing her to have a baby, she realised that she was a lesbian. Divya talks about how she became suicidal after which she met a counsellor who changed her life.
Towards the end, she talks about how she had to tell her husband, who initially resisted but later accepted that there was no point in forcing her to be in the relationship. She then talks about how she moved from a dependent wife to an independent woman. Aamir then asked her about how she told her family who were shocked but later had to give in.
Simran: This is the story of a boy who also suffered from Gender Dysphoria, who at the age of 14 years and lived on Mumbai Central station, where after three days he was taken in by Hijras at Rhey road. He then talks about how he started begging, got into the sex trade and then started dancing at a dance bar in Khar. But what is amazing about this segment was that Simran managed to complete her education, albeit with a lot of trouble, but she graduated and today she is a peer educator who is now working in a national outreach programme.
As an interlude Aamir Khan talks about how the Supreme Court has issued a law that Hijras are the third gender and they are to be legally recognised by all institutions.
This section talks about how Hijras and people who are gay or are lesbians are harassed and subjected to rape. In an audio-visual segment, the show shows how people who are from the LGBT community are subjected to.
Anjali Gopalan: The founder of the Naaz foundation. Anjali talks about how the parents of a boy came to her and on finding out that he was gay, took them away. Later she found out that the boy was given shock treatment to ‘cure’ him. Which is when she decided to file a petition with the human rights wing, which told her that they could not file the petition as homosexuality is crime.
In the same vein Gautam Bhan, talks about how section 377 should be changed as it is not fair to say that the act was unnatural as it is something that is done between two consensual adults.
Daadi: A lady who is seen as a powerful force behind the LGBT movement. She talks about how people need to change and accept people who are gay or homosexual. ‘They are the same kids who are born heterosexual.’ In the end she says, love them and respect them, they are humans too.
In the end Aamir Khan talks about how we should not disrespect and hurt these people, and it is time to accept them.
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Jai Hind, Satyamev Jayate.