Attack on transwoman in Kochi: Minister KK Shailaja intervenes, Kerala Youth Commission registers case
Kochi: KK Shailaja, minister for health and social justice has intervened in the attack on a transgender woman named Sajna Shaji in Kochi. The minister directly phoned Sajna and assured police security to her. The minister took to her Facebook page and announced that the government will give emergency financial aid to the transwoman under the Kerala Social Security mission’s project ‘We care’ . Kerala State Youth Commission has also registered a case over the attack on the transgender.
“The minister has extended all support to me. I’m happy to know that everyone is supporting me. Shailaja teacher has informed me that I will get compensation for my loss in the business. Amidst this, a food inspector directed me to stop my biriyani sale. I possess a certificate issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). I came to know that the food inspector did not give any such directions to other street vendors. When I informed the matter to the minister, she promised that the issue will be solved. I will resume my business from Wednesday,” said Sajna.
A few people attacked Sajna who is engaged in biriyani sale on the street-side at Irumbanam here. In her Facebook live video, she revealed that some people interrupted her business and attacked her. She also alleged that a person who was doing another business on the same street has recently started biriyani sale along with his family to interrupt her business.
“They have placed a hoarding covering ours. When any vehicle stops on the road, they rush towards it and sell food from their stall. They also used to hurl abuses at the transgender community whenever customers reach the stall. The man and his group also started spreading rumours that our biriyani was of substandard quality. He continued to attack us in various ways. On the other day, the man and his gang manhandled me and other workers in my shop when we were selling biriyani in front of their vehicle,” added Sajna. She also alleged that police refused to register her complaint even after visiting the police station.
Meanwhile, police argued that no lapses were made in handling the complaint. Talking to mathrunhumi.com, Thrikkakkara ACP stated that a person was nabbed over the case which was registered on Monday.
At the same time, Sajna stated that police registered a case on Monday evening on the complaint filed three days back after a High Court advocate intervened in the issue. She also asserted that police verified the accused through a video call on Tuesday afternoon
Courtesy : Mathrubhumi English