Transgenders in Kolkata are excited because the community got the distinction to exercise their franchise under the third-gender category for the first time in the country. Close to 100 transgenders in Baruipur’s Mullickpur under Jadavpur Lok Sabha segment had voted on Sunday under the third gender category. This move came after the Supreme Court gave the recognition in 2014 and appealed to the government to provide them with quotas in education and jobs.Around 200 members of the transgender community stay in a locality at Mullickpur, where the excitement around voting on Sunday morning was palpable. The heads sat down to decide the time they would leave for the polling booth and check whether everyone had their voter ID cards or not.
Published On: May 19, 2019