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A Second Chance At Life For Transgenders & Surrendered Maoists In Odisha’s Malkangiri


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08 June 2019

Panchanan Dash


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Malkangiri: In an attempt to cross over to the mainstream, transgenders and surrendered Maoists are undergoing a 15-day-long training program here for building their physical strength and enhancing their skill set. Organized by Malkangiri district administration and police, this program is an attempt in providing the transgenders and red rebels with a second chance at life.

District Public Relation Officer (DIPRO) Gunanidhi Nayak said, “As per the government’s social security and disability department orders, we oganized this camp. It is a good initiative and both the communities have welcomed it. We have identified 15 transgenders and 10 Naxals for the training program.”

Apart from focusing on their physical strength, lessons are also being imparted on Indian Constitution, rights and duties, basic laws and general administration. “The ultimate aim is to make them aware and self-dependent,” Malkangiri SP Jagmohan Meena said. “After the program, we will give them work on contractual basis that includes security guard, lift operator, ITI jobs etc,” he added.

Leaving behind their days of violence and taking on a new lifestyle, the ecstatic Naxals said, “We had been working as extremists for seven years. After surrendering, the district collector and SP pledged to help us in transitioning to the mainstream. They really helped us. Earlier we used to hide our faces, but now we can go out proudly. We are able to interact with people and officers. This new life has given us a new hope and we wish other Naxals also follow our footsteps.”

Shedding their lipsticks, bangles and saree, transgenders have also put behind their old lifestyle to serve the people after this training program. They said, “We will not have to beg for a living now. We can redeem our identity and get respect in society. Change is coming. We will soon be capable and independent people with respectable jobs. We will show the world what we are capable of.”

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Jagmohan Meena, SP, Malkangiri

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Surrendered Maoist

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Transgender

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Gunanidhi Nayak, DIPRO, Malkangiri