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Bengal to launch helpline for transgenders



Kolkata: The West Bengal government is planning to launch a helpline and start sex reassignment surgery (SRS) facilities in state-run hospitals for transgenders, a member of the state’s Transgender Development Board said on Saturday.

The maiden meeting of the board on Friday saw representatives of the third gender focusing on ideas that will help them mainstream with society.

“We decided on reservations in public spaces and transport systems such as buses, Metro as well as opportunities for employment in addition to medical initiatives such as SRS. Also, a 24X7 helpline will be launched shortly for members across the state so that they can seek help on issues like security and safety,” said Ranjita Sinha, a board member.

It was also decided to hold mass workshops in districts to learn about transgenders’ problems in rural Bengal. State Social Welfare and Women and Child Development Minister Sashi Panja, who chairs the board, spoke about construction of special toilets and shelter homes on this occasion.