Andhra Pradesh: Transgender protection cell inaugurated at police headquarters
VIJAYAWADA: AP CID Additional DGP PV Sunil Kumar inaugurated a state-level transgender protection cell in AP police headquarters in Mangalagiri on Wednesday, as per the orders of DGP KV Rajendranath Reddy.
KGV Saritha, superintendent of police, women protection cell will be the nodal officer for the cell. Similarly, a transgender protection cell has been set up in every district.
ADGP PV Sunil Kumar said that for the protection, rights and welfare of transgenders, the Union government has passed the Transgender Protection Act, 2019.
Similarly, in 2020, the Transgender Protection Rules were made by the Supreme Court in the case of the National Legal Services Authority v/s Union of India. “The central and state governments have been told to provide reservations in education and jobs for transgenders. The protection cell will be functioning under the district magistrate in every district to ensure that transgenders are respected,” he said.
Further, he said that orders have been given to the local police authorities in every district to conduct awareness programmes on transgenders.
SP Saritha said, “If any transgender comes to the police station with a problem, they should be treated with courtesy and respect. A case should be registered immediately on their complaint and justice should be done immediately.”
Prakash Reddy, director of the department for welfare of differently-abled senior citizens and transgenders who attended the programme said that only 3,800 transgenders have the right to vote in the state, but according to the population survey, there are 28,000 transgenders and they get 3,000 as pension every month. “House titles will also be given and they will also be given opportunities in student job opportunities,” Sunil Kumar added.
Courtesy : TOI
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