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Transgenders leaving job at Kochi Metro due to prevalent social stigma

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Kerala is ahead of other states in transgender rights. But still there are many roadblocks in the path of transgender people to achieve equal social and human rights.

Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) was hailed worldwide during its launch for providing employment to 23 transgenders in ticketing, customer care and gardening. But ironically, within 10 days of its launch, 8 out of 21 have left their jobs. Reason being that transgender employees weren’t able to find rented accommodation. They even appealed to Kochi’s district collector, but nothing happened.

As per Hindustan Times’ report, an employee named Tripti was offered a job, but she refused it. “I am staying in a one-room house on the outskirts of the city. Without an accommodation, I can’t shuttle every day so I opted out”.

23 were offered the job, out of which 21 took it. All eight who left the job were in ticketing and housekeeping departments.

Many NGOs have stepped in to help the transgender employees with accommodation. Kochi mayor has also said that she will try to get the issue resolved.

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