Trans­gen­ders in­vited to be part of mo­halla pan­els in Ghatkopar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ye­sha Ko­tak

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.”

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