Sunday, September 26

Dhakuria free market for transgenders

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Like any other member of the unorganized sector, a large number of transgender people have been living a life of struggle for the past two months. While some have been lucky to collect free ration from camps organized by police and NGOs, the others have been trying to make ends meet with whatever help they can get from people they know. In a bid to lessen their plight to some extent, a group of Dhakuria residents, under the banner of a social service group, called Dhakuria Tarun Mahal, invited more than 200 transgender people to a free market on Maharaja Tagore Road on Friday. The idea was to help them with essentials. Some of the Dhakuria residents knew two trasgender persons from Baghajatin and Jadavpur, whom they asked to spread the word among their acquaintances and bring them to the free market. Members of the community, who usually eke out a living by begging on trains on the Sealdah South section were contacted; they in turn called their other friends. “We called the initiative Utsarga. We kept groceries, fruits and vegetables at different counters and asked the transgender people to take their pick,” said Srikumar Ghosh, spokesperson for the initiative. To ensure there was no crowding at the fair, councillor Madhuchanda Deb, along with cops from the Lake police station, helped everyone maintain social distancing. “We are calling it physical distancing but social solidarity,” said Krishnendu Ganguly, another resident. Ever since the lockdown started, the group has been serving food to more than 200 homeless people at Dhakuria station every day.

 

Source: Times of India

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