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India’s first transgender judge stresses need for more reservations in government jobs for her community

India's first transgender judge, Joyita Mondal, has stressed the necessity of reservations in government jobs for members of her community, claiming that their inclusion in fields like the police and the railways will alter society's perception of them and help the community in its advancement.

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Kolkata: India’s first transgender judge, Joyita Mondal, has stressed the necessity of reservations in government jobs for members of her community, claiming that their inclusion in fields like the police and the railways will alter society’s perception of them and help the community in its advancement. Mondal asserted that the government has to start a programme so that his community members can get enough shelter.

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“Giving the transgender community preference in government employment is crucial. Who will feed me if I don’t have a job?” After attending the “Lit Chowk” cultural and literary festival on Friday, Mondal told reporters. If transgender people join the police and railways due to a reservation, she remarked, it will help community members’ advance in life and change society’s perception towards them.

She said that authorities ought to show more consideration towards her community members and the issues they face. Mondal became the first member of her community to hold a position of this nature in the nation when she was appointed a judge in the Lok Adalat of Islampur in West Bengal in 2017.

Vidya Kamble, a transgender activist, was chosen as a member judge in a Lok Adalat in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in 2018. Later that year, in a landmark decision, Guwahati-born Swati Bidhan Baruah became the third transgender judge in the nation.

In a historic judgement last week, the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that individuals of the third gender are eligible to apply for the position of police constable, and that by February 2023, it would frame rules setting standards for their physical tests.

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