Bangladesh has more than 200,000 transgender people, most of whom face discrimination and social ostracisation, according to independent experts. The government puts the number at 10,000.Tax rebate for Bangladesh companies hiring transgender people | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera
Trans people in Bangladesh often resort to begging and the sex trade in order to survive, as most are forced to flee their homes due to bullying and harassment.
The minister said the companies would enjoy a five percent tax rebate or a refund of 75 percent of trans employees’ salaries if 10 percent of their total workforce, or 100 workers, were of the so-called “third gender”.
Bangladesh began allowing trans people, known as hijra, to legally register as third gender in 2013 and has provided support to the group since then.