Despite batting strongly for the Transgender Bill, Union Minister Ramdas Athwale has landed in a soup for a particular comment that has not gone down well with the community. Speaking at an event, Athawale advised transgenders to not wear sarees.
“They are not men or women. Hence, they shouldn’t wear sarees,” he said, however, immediately clarifying that he was just advising them and that they have the freedom to wear whatever they want.
Ironically, Athawale had earlier assured that the Centre would make efforts to soon pass the Transgender Bill, which seeks to empower the community by providing them a separate identity.
He was speaking at a national workshop on ‘Developing Modules for Sensitising Transgender People and Stakeholders’, organised at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD and PR).