An Officer and a Transgender

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An Officer and a Transgender

Illustration: Namaah

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s far as inclusivity in schools goes, a learning centre in Kochi is setting the bar pretty high. Sahaj International, which was inaugurated recently, will help transgender adults complete their education. The residential centre is specifically aimed at adult dropouts who have been unable to complete schooling due to the stigma associated with their gender or sexual identity. So far, the centre has enrolled 10 pupils, aged between 25 and 50.

It is no surprise that the initiative was unveiled in Kerala, the first of our states to have a policy for transgender people, aimed at ending discrimination against them. In fact, our southern states, including Tamil Nadu, have shown the rest of the country the path they ought to follow. In November 2015, K Prithika Yashini became India’s first transgender police officer.

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