Farasgaon in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh. There was a ‘boy’ named Vikas. ‘Was’ because development was something else in the mind, but the house and society maintained it something else. Vikas lived for 30 years in this association. Then, he left for Raipur, where Vidya became a Rajput after a long struggle. Now Vidya started loving herself. Started understanding herself. She started doing justice to herself.
The development which was finding itself trapped in the middle of the social fabric, family atmosphere, that tried to reach suicide more than two times, the same development when it became education, today it is a nazir for the society. Not only did she fight for her rights, but she fought for the rights of the entire third gender community, her emotional needs, her honour. Today 13 people of Third Gender Community are going to be constables in Chhattisgarh Police, so Vidya Rajput’s long battle and tireless hard work is behind it.
Vidya used to listen to abuses for years. School children used to put bathrooms on them. Used to tease them. Used to taunt. She started being afraid of going to school. She was able to understand that the body of boys and the feelings of girls. There was no one else who could understand them. When he used to play with girls, his mother and brother used to beat him. Just by coming to the worst of these things, he assimilated himself.
Speaking to India Times, she says, becoming a constable of 13 people of the third gender in Chhattisgarh Police is like fulfilling her dream. She wanted to become a policeman since childhood. He was fond of the khaki uniform. But later, he heard different types of abuses from this society. Then he began to feel that if the people of the third gender were also in the police, he would have understood the feelings of the third gender. Would have been able to help them by coming to their position.
She says that there are many types of crimes with people of third gender. The incident of throwing away people from third gender by asking for alms in trains has come to light. However, they did not even have their own police to tell them openly. He used to think who would understand his feelings. But, this is not the case now. Now the constable of third gender will also meet in the police. In the community where people used to work for begging in trains, people used to go to sing and dance greetings and some people were engaged in sex work, now a big change is going to take place there. People of that community will work in wearing khaki uniforms.
She says that she has struggled a lot to reach the people of the third gender community here. She continued to struggle from the government to the administration. Not only this, the people of the community were also made aware. To get them trained, they used to reach the ground before them. Long jump, race. She remained one day and night to prepare for high jump, shot and throw.
According to him, he got a lot of support from IAS officer Awasthi as well as Director General of Police. He is also happy that the state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Shahu listened to him for one and a half hours and took complete information about the difficulties faced by the community. After long struggle and second time examination, 13 people of third gender will become constables, they are happy about this. She is also satisfied that for whom she has been successful in arranging everything from ground arrangement to track suit and constantly motivating her to prepare for the exam. In a way, it has been the result of her examination too, in which she has passed.
She says the entire existence of the people of the transgender community rests on their feelings. A large section of society does not understand their feelings. Not even his family members. For these reasons, she herself has tried to commit suicide in childhood. But, to recognize and fight the exploitation that is coming with increasing age and the feeling and feeling of change. The one who wins here establishes himself.
She says about herself, till the age of 30, she had to live like a boy forcibly having a moustache and beard. Even when she came to Raipur, she worked as a male for 10 years in a hotel. But, the boys of the locality used to taunt them there.
Once some boys harassed them, they overturned the boys and abused them. After this, the boys ran to kill them. He was insolent with them. After this accident, his mother became ill and died. She broke down completely due to this. From here, she decided that she will remain the same from inside.
Vidya formed an NGO Mitwa Committee for Third Gender in 2010. He started working on 20 points. This includes the formation of Third Gender Welfare Board Chhattisgarh, inclusion in school syllabus, the inclusion of third gender subject in training institutions, providing them hostel facility, ban on abuses, third gender column in form, third gender sports meet, mass marriage Recognition, awareness campaigns, community mobilization, representation, community building, task force, welfare committee, third gender identity card, sports policy, cultural programs, political participation and skill development. With the efforts of Vidya Rajput, about 10 thousand third gender people living in Chhattisgarh have been eligible to join the government job in the year 2018.
The AIDS Control Organization has also given the National Leadership Award in the year 2020 to Vidya Rajput. This award has been conferred for HIV AIDS awareness and empowerment of the community within the community. She has been working as an outreach worker in the HIV AIDS Control Program since 2009. In the year 2013, she worked as a trainer and mentor. In the year 2015, she advocated and succeeded with the government for the formation of the Chhattisgarh Third Gender Board.