Social stigma and lack of proof of identity are forcing transgenders to lead a life in seclusion. Despite several pleas and protests, social acceptance eludes the community. This is forcing most of them to take up sex work and begging to earn a living. According to an NGO working on Transgender rights in Puducherry, there are 1, 234 transsexuals registered in the region. Most of them have been deserted and driven out by their families as alternate sexuality is seen as taboo.