December 23, 2015
In a first of its kind initiative in Coimbatore, the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital has issued certificates to 86 transgenders here on Wednesday.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has been issuing certificates to transwomen who require it to change names and process any legal proceedings, including transfer of property. Though it was only being issued at Government offices to individuals, there was no such mass distribution system in the State.
R. Chitra from the Imayam Social Welfare Centre, who has been working for the transgender community for more than 10 years, said that transwomen who wish to get the certificates can do so from various district administration offices.
However, she added that most of the transwomen failed to get the certificates as the procedures were complicated. “The transwomen were forced to run from pillar to post to obtain the certificates as they should also clear all medical and legal procedures,” she said.
However, CMCH has been able to provide the certificates within a 10-day period for 86 transwomen from Coimbatore.
Dr. A. Edwin Joe, Dean of CMCH, who distributed the certificates, said that CMCH had deputed a special doctor to conduct the tests so as to issue the certificate.
Lauding the efforts of Dr. S. Natarajan a senior surgeon from the hospital, who was asked to examine the transwomen, Dr. Edwin Joe said that though he wasn’t a special doctor for such surgeries, he worked dedicatedly to complete the checkups within the limited time he was given.
He further added that District Collector Archana Patnaik had directed the CMCH officials to complete the task at the earliest.
“This is just a small smart initiative by the CMCH. We would also be involving in giving psychological treatment to them,” said the Dean.
The initiative has brought about a joy in the faces of transwomen who thanked the CMCH wholeheartedly. “We would also be happy if CMCH comes forward to undertake our surgeries here,” said one of the transwomen, who received the certificates.