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Read how Bengal trans women are treading towards a life full of meaning

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Who knew that the twenty-four-year-old Jiya, a plucky trans woman from West Bengal, who was once forced to dance at a gunpoint will now become a trainee in an operation theatre technician’s course.

It is due to a collective effort by queer activists, social workers, and healthcare experts. Another trans woman, Debdutta is also being trained to become an OT technician. She is not only empowering her community but also bridging the deficit in India’s paramedical personnel sector.

In order to achieve a stable career, both Jiya and Debdutta are studying hard at the School for skills: Allied Health Sciences located in the Sirona Hospital Group premises in Panskura. They are studying with a batch of 50 para medical course trainees.

In a statement, Jiya said that she had to face obstruction due to her gender identity but now she feels she has a choice for a career.

Earlier, she used to dance in Bihar villages which lasted for three to four years. But now, she has a choice. She said that just because they are transgender, it doesn’t mean that they are not educated and can only beg.

The trans women are being trained free of cost as part of a pilot. Upon completion, they will be placed with the hospital that works towards livelihood creation among rural youth with low formal education through training.

 

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