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TOWARDS RECOGNITION: Chennai Police Commissioner Letika Saran (second from right), interacts with the president of the Tamil Nadu Aravanigal Association P. Aasha Bharathi and other persons at the inauguration of a training programme on Monday. - PHOTO: S.S.KUMAR
"We are offering courses for the marginalised in our community. This is just an extension of our social responsibility," Ms. Aasha said she hoped more companies and organisations would come forward to employ deserving candidates - such as destitute women and orphans. "The two-month programme will cover MS-Office, spoken English, presentation and language skills and managing phone manners", said S.V. Ramaswamy, honorary president of the guild.
The 8th ICAAP welcomes abstracts and proposals for Oral Sessions, Poster Presentations, Skills Building Workshops and Cultural Programmes. All of the above sessions can be submitted online through the website via the same process and form regardless of the content of the abstract or proposal. All abstracts submitted will go through a blind peer review process carried out by an international review panel.
Submission via the website is strongly encouraged. Abstracts or proposals submitted online must be completed and submitted by 31st January, 2007.
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Denied Medical Treatment
she had admitted at Female Surgical Emergency Ward at General Hospital,
Pondicherry on 23rd September 2006. There they found shes got Mass
Abdominal and so was advised operation. When tested at G.H, found
that she was HIV + and also a Transgender, the treatment towards her was
very bad. The Doctors who attending on her , threw her out of the room.
The Nurses attending on Kokila, asked her to lift her saree to show her
Sex organ if male or female. She became an object of
Fun and a showpiece to the staff in General Hospital,
Pondicherry. She was made to sleep on the floor and when asked for a blanket,
the nurse said Transgender like you, can go without any comfort.
The Doctor threw the case sheet on her face and cursed her
saying never to step into General Hospital and skipped her out of ward
on 25th September 2006. Because of such foul languages and activities
Kokila, was going through Psychological tremors and so we
We admitted her at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Centre (MGMRC ) with guiding of one of our Advisory team member Dr. Ambujam on 29th September 2006. There we found that she was at third stage and her abdominal were totally injured cause of T.B.
We decided to highlight the issue to the Government and we sent letters to The Governor of Pondicherry, The Chief Minister , The Health Minister, The Health Secretariat, The Director of Medical Services and the Project Director of PSACS. But we didnt get any response from them till now. Even the Director of PSACS, didnt have any query with us. Again we arranged a press meet at Pondicherry Press Club and gave our issues. But the Local Channel didnt publish the news of Kokila and even at News paper the problems and facts were dully furnished. With in the Mean time the health condition is very poor and we admitted her at Tambaram Sanitorium at Chenni on 05th August 2006. With our influence we made to publish the news at Deccan Chronicle on 08th October 2006.
Kokila , may be a Transgender, but is also Human, like any others. She has every right in her society , to ask for proper treatment when ill. The Doctors who have to save lives behave in this manner showing such Stigma and Discrimination how can we expect the general public to be kind to us ?
Pondicherry, for your kind Information is come in the High Prevalence Rate status now. If such is the treatment mooted out to HIV / AIDS affected, how is it that you are going to carry on the treatment, awareness, stigma and discrimination against HIV / AIDS in the society.
The irony is the Director of Medical Services ( DMS ) Government of Pondicherry, is the Vice chairman of the Pondicherry State AIDS Control Society (PSACS), and General hospital comes directly under his supervision. If this is the state of General hospital doctors, where else can we go for solace ?
News Courtesy : K.Ganesh - Oct 9, 06
meet: Kolkata gay activist on ramp
just want to portray the hidden feelings of our community, said
Chatterjee. I want to marry my partner, have a normal life and adopt
kids, but that is not possible at the moment.
News Courtesy: Pawan Dhall, SAATHII, Kolkata
Chennai Rally by the Sexuality Minorities