Kolkata Transgenders Will Soon Be In Civic Police Force
The West Bengal government has requested the Kolkata Police to recruit transgenders in the Civic Police Volunteer Force (CPVC) to end the “stigma” and “discrimination” against the community. State minister for women and child development, Shashi Panja said she had spoken to the Kolkata Police commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha suggesting the idea soon after it was brought up during a meeting of the West Bengal Transgender Development Board.
“The prime issue that we face is that people don’t have respect for the transgender community. But if they are incorporated as volunteers in the civic police force, then it will gradually allow people to imagine them in different roles,” she said.
Introduced by the Kolkata Municipality in 2008, initially with the aim of assisting the Kolkata Police in traffic management, the ambit of CPVC’s duties range from collecting information about unauthorised parking, protection of flora and fauna in parks to controlling the pedestrian movement.
Another such move is to include members of the transgender community among the judges for Kolkata Shree — an annual competition organised by Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to judge the best Durga Puja celebrations in the state capital.
Panja, however, admitted that this was easier said than done.
“One of the problems we are facing is that many in the community still don’t know about the board and what it is looking to do. The community itself is very close and suspicious of outsiders. But we are going to carry out numerous awareness drives and hope to change this,” she added.
Good times ahead for Transgender communities of Kolkata!
Source – Indian express
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