Chattisgarh: At first, transgender cops from Bastar fighters to march in the Republic day parade

In the Republic Day parade in Jagdalpur in presence of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday, two transgender constables from the Chattisgarh Police’s specialised Bastar Fighters unit will participate for the first time.

“Platoons of Bastar Fighters men, women, and third gender would participate in the Republic Day parade in Jagdalpur on Thursday. This is the first time in the state that people from the third gender are participating in the parade,” said inspector general of police (Bastar Range) Sunderaj P.

He added Baghel will attend the parade as chief guest. “This is a significant and important opportunity for the third gender [and] will surely boost the morale and make the police force more inclusive and progressive.”

Riya Mandavi, one of the two, called their participation in the parade a proud moment for the entire community. “Earlier we were treated differently and were discriminated against [and not allowed to do] things which normally men or women do. But after being selected for the police force, we got a positive identity and now we are being looked after with respect and dignity.

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