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Kerala: Kochi Metro Grants Job Opportunities for Transgenders

Not only a policy for transgenders, Kerala has more to offer. Kochi Metro Rail has ensured job opportunities for transgenders.

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Transgenders rejoicing. Image Source : hindustantimes.com
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  • Kerala became the second state in India to acknowledge transgender rights and formulate a governmental policy for them
  • As mentioned in the Supreme Court Judgement, the policy recognises the rights of the transgenders to identify themselves as male, female or intersex
  • It ensures their right to social, economic and cultural opportunities

Life has always been harsh for the India’s third gender. Be it looking for a job or home, it has never come easy. These people are sidelined from the society for a reason that they are not responsible for- physical appearance! As a result, their life becomes miserable and they do not find a way to live it any better.

After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk
After Odish had released their policy for transgenders. Image Source : nation.com.uk

Following the footsteps of Odisha government, Kerala became the second state to have a policy for transgenders. Last year, in 2015, they released a governmental policy which stated that the transgender people have the right to the following:

  • Identify themselves as male, female or intersex as per their reality
  • Avail all the social, economic and cultural opportunities and resources
  • Equal employment opportunities as everyone else and pension for those above 60 years
  • To live a life without violence

Additionally, the government aims to set up a Transgender Justice Board which would be headed by the Minister of Social Justice, Kerala.

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There is heavy discrimination between transgenders and other genders. They are maltreated by people and their rights are barely acknowledged properly. They are not given medical care or pension schemes. So, Kerala Government and the Metro Rail Corporation has decided to give them employment opportunities, reported thebetterindia.com.

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“Transgenders face a lot of difficulties. They are forced into undesirable occupations. So as an experiment we have developed an idea to rehabilitate them. Under Kudumbasree itself, we have planned to employ transgenders in Kochi metro. We know that our experiment will be a success… Kochi metro will be a venue for many experiments. So first we decided to make use of Kudumbasree, women self-help groups in many operation sections. Unlike other metros, Kochi metro will have more women employees, it will be a woman run metro,” Alias George, Kochi Metro Rail Managing Director, has said in a recent KMMRL Facebook post.

Thus, Kerala has not only promised the transgenders a better world but are actually working to achieve that end.

-prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram.

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  • Aparna Gupta

    It’s good that transgenders are given the job opportunities. They will soon get equal status like any other citizens in India.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Kerala has always surprised us with its policies. Really great to know this. This policy should be applied in States like Maharashtra too

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  • Aparna Gupta

    It’s good that transgenders are given the job opportunities. They will soon get equal status like any other citizens in India.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Kerala has always surprised us with its policies. Really great to know this. This policy should be applied in States like Maharashtra too

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Anukreethy Vas, New Miss India, Explains Challenges Of Single Mother

Anukreethy calls herself a tomboy

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Anukreethy Vas, New Miss India World Explains Challenges Of Single Mother
Anukreethy Vas, New Miss India World Explains Challenges Of Single Mother, flickr

The newly crowned Miss India World Anukreethy Vas — who works for transgenders’ education — feels a smile keeps everyone going, something she has learnt this quality from her mother, who rose her single-handedly. The 19-year-old feels that being raised by a single mother was challenging, but being strong in every situtation kept them going.

“The challenges were there forever starting from school because I am not from a city-based place. I studied in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) which is not really a city but I was very strong enough because my mother didn’t let me down at any point. She used to say, ‘You are a strong person. How can you cry?’ and that’s how she brought me up,” Anukreethy told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“I have never seen her low. She has a lot of problems herself but she never showed that to me and that is how I was brought up. Even if I had something inside me, I never expressed it to other person because I feel that a smile is one thing that keeps the other person going. And this is what I learnt from her.

“She inspired me in every way and she has been a great role model,” added the beauty queen, whose mother is an IT professional named Seleena.

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Single mother, Pixabay

Anukreethy is currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts in French at Chennai’s Loyola College to become an interpreter. She is also a state-level athlete, whose aspiration is to become a supermodel. Her faith in destiny keeps her confident at all times and this reflected well while she was announced the winner on Tuesday night.

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar crowned Anukreethy at the gala, where Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was adjudged first runner-up and second runner-up was Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh.

Anukreethy calls herself a tomboy, loves to ride a bike, but more than that she is actively involved in giving education to transgenders.

“I work for the transgender education. There was one of my friends who was transgender in school and her family abandoned her. That struck me about this topic. I was helping an orphanage and NGO with the education of their children.

“In 2015, I associated with an NGO, and the main area of work was education of transgender children. We are now being able to adopt 30 transgenders and educate them,” she told IANS.

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LGBT flag, Pixabay

As of now, she is “really happy” about her victory at the Miss India contest.

“I will put my best to get the crown again,” she said, referring to the Miss World crown which Manushi brought back to India long after Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000.

So after the sudden fame, is she going to miss all the normal things that she enjoys doing?

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“Not really. I still have a normal life. My friends back home are supportive. Yes, just the responsibilities have been added, but rest is normal,” said Anukreethy, who is currently not focussed on Bollywood. (IANS)