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First dedicated transgender community desk for State set up by UP police

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The first dedicated helpdesk for trans community in the State has been started by the Uttar Pradesh Police (Pic. Courtesy yespunjab.com)

Moving in the direction of creating an inclusive society, Uttar Pradesh has set up a dedicated Transgender Community Desk at the Qaiserbagh police station, Lucknow.

Talking about this initiative, Prashant Kumar, Additional Director-General of Police told TOI: “It was decided by the State Government on May 2, that a cell for transgender community ought to be established for addressing their grievances across the State. A meeting was held by the Government and Kinnar Kalyan Board where the decision was made.” He added, “we ought to build an inclusive society ensuring equal opportunities for all.”

The dedicated helpdesk will be managed by two women cops and it will help in filing cases in offences which are concerned with discrimination or violence against any trans person. Besides this, it will also provide legal aid in collaboration with the women and child welfare department and district legal services and counselling.

The help desk will be headed by a sub-inspector and it will be open round the clock.

Apart from this, two helpline numbers dedicated to the trans community were launched. These numbers are 9454403857 and 7839861094.

Hyderabad’s Gachibowli police station was the first one in the country to implement the transgender help desk followed by Maharashtra’s Thane. The Kolkata and Mumbai police have separate units to deal with the issues related to the community.

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