Asina was just 13 years old when she had to leave her home because of rejection from her family. Watching this young girl on the roads of Chennai, a daily wage worker gave her shelter and food. Everything went fine, but the guilt of being a burden on her caretaker used to engulf Asina every single day.
Through the course of time, she earned some trans friends around her place of stay. They suggested her to shift to Mumbai for a living on her own. With other trans friends, she later shifted to the capital city but had to struggle against her cruel odds.
“Days were not easy there, each day would end with prayers for a dignified life. I just kept believing that things would change” she recalls with teary eyes.
Life for her seemed so unfair. Later in 2008, the Tamil Nadu government introduced a new scheme for transgenders encompassing various welfare initiatives for them. The government requested all transgenders to return to their hometown to avail their turn.
With this announcement, she returned to Tamilnadu with huge hope. Through the welfare initiatives, she received a ration card and voter card on her own. Asina was determined to use every opportunity that came on her way. She actively participated in every life counseling session conducted by the government. On her part, she registered some suggestions representing transgenders. The suggestions were based upon the struggles Asina battled. Soon, as a reward for her active involvement, she was made the District Transgender’s Association head.
Asina took her role responsibly. Forthwith, she took her position as a means to advocate dignity for her peers. Gathering all transgenders of her district, she conducted a meeting to acknowledge the schemes provided by the government for their welfare.