Transgenders invited to be part of mohalla panels in Ghatkopar
This aim of this exercise was we’ll file a petition in the HC after taking feedback from the police because there have been many cases where our community members have been abused. SALMA KHAN, president, Kinnar Maa Trust
MUMBAI: Members of the transgender community have been invited to join the mohalla committees created for better policing in Zone VII, which includes police stations in Ghatkopar, Vikhroli and Bhandup among others.
The invitation was extended in a workshop held between members of transgender community and police personnel from Zone VII (in the eastern suburbs). The meeting was held to give the police a better understanding of the community so there is sensitivity in the way the police handle issues related to transgenders.
The session, which was organised by Kinnar Maa Trust, a group representing transgenders, was held on Thursday at Chirag Nagar police station, Ghatkopar. It was attended by 70 senior police officers and their staff from Ghatkopar, Pant Nagar, Vikhroli , Parksite, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg, Mulund and Navghar police stations. This comes after three transgenders were beaten at Thane allegedly by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers around 15 days ago, following which one of them attempted suicide.
“When the members of the community told us about certain incidences they faced in the past, we realised that more interaction is required amongst us. This is why it was decided they should become a part of mohalla committees, post which there can be discussion about various aspects of law that applies to them,” said Rohini Kale, senior police inspector, Pant Nagar police station.
Mohalla committees are a civil society initiative involving members of the police and the public.
Akhilesh Kumar Singh, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), zone VII, said the aim is to inform those working at these police stations about how to deal with transgenders. “It has been decided a counselling session would be held in cases that involve the community. Also, contact details of the members and social activist working for them in each area will be shared at our station, so they can become the first point of contact in cases that involve transgenders.”