Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18:
The transgender community is ready to help the Commissionerate Police in controlling crime in the Odisha capital if their genuine needs are taken care of, leaders representing various hijra associations told the Twin City Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma during an interaction programme held here today.
Some police officers present in the meeting alleged that during the night hours several transgender (TG) persons are found standing on the roadside enticing customers, often leading to nuisance.
“Drunkard youths, who make deals with the TGs, are creating nuisance and indulging in anti-social acts at key locations in the city,” said a senior official of the Commissionerate Police, adding, some of the TGs involved in sex trade get active after 11.30 pm and continue with their ‘business’ till late hours.
Dr Sharma discussed the issue of sex trade by TGs threadbare with the leaders of the Hijra bodies and advised them to tell the members of their community not to be indulge in such nefarious activities.
Mamata Gharana Welfare Trust president Madhuri Kinnar said the TGs were being forced to engage in sex trade due to the failure of the state government to provide them with employment through welfare schemes.
“In spite of our repeated demands, the state government has neither given them employment nor facilities for their uplift. How can TGs survive without an assured livelihood,” asked Madhuri.
Odisha Kinnar Mahasangha president Mira Kinnar urged the Police Commissioner to appoint TGs as homeguards and special police officers (SPOs) in areas under the jurisdiction of the Commissionerate Police.
Later Nikhil Odisha Hinjida Mahasangha president Pratap Kumar Sahu suggested that a squad comprising some leaders of the Hijra bodies and some police officials be formed to keep eye on the TGs coming from outside the state to work as sex workers in the city.
Among others, Additional Commissioner of Police Dr Santosh Bala, DCP Headquarters Amrita Das, Sakha president Subham Kinnar, Suraksha president Menaka Kinnar and other Hinjida members participated in the interaction.