Kerala min vows to find solution to joblessness of transgender teacher who sought legal aid to end life

Aneera Kabeer
Aneera Kabeer (left) was told my Education Minister V Sivankutty to hand him a letter citing her qualifications and issues.

Kerala's General Education Minister V Sivankutty reached out to unemployed transgender teacher Aneera Kabeer, who approached the state legal services authority for a lawyer to apply for euthanasia.

Sivankutty posted the audio of his telephonic conversation with Aneera on Tuesday evening, in which he has assured her to resolve her problem and appealed to not contemplate suicide.

"I'll talk to the deputy director of education in Palakkad. You give me a letter citing your qualifications and other problems," Sivankutty told Aneera.

She has agreed to hand over the details in person at the minister's office in the state capital.

Aneera told the minister that besides a Masters in Education (M.Ed), she has also completed post-graduate courses in Sociology and Political Science. Aneera has also reportedly cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET), which is essential to teach higher secondary level courses.

"I used to teach temporarily at the Government Higher Secondary School, Cheruplassery (in Palakkad). I had to work two days a week. But after the appointment of a senior teacher, I lost my job," Aneera told the minister.

It was earlier reported that she was removed from another school citing gender issues.


Sole-earner of a grieving family
Aneera told the minister that her brother had died 20 days ago in an accident.

"He has three children and he told me to look after them. My sister is divorced and my father is ailing. We are in poverty, please help," Aneera said.

"I've gone for interviews in various government schools, they have all turned me down.

"They told me that because I'm a transgender even my students will look at me with a sexual motive. Please ask my students about me. They know how to respect a teacher."

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