By Waikhom Chitradhani
Imphal (Manipur), April 10 :”The Transgender Women Grievance Redressal Cell inaugurated on Friday will act as a kind of single window for transgender community. We will be having support from the government,” said Shanta khurai.
The cell was opened at the office premise of the Manipur State Commission for Women open today. It was attended by Prof. Meinam Binota, Chairperson,Manipur State Commission for Women and Director Of Social Welfare , Ngangom Uttam Singh.
As a coordinator of the cell, Transgender Activist Shanta Khurai said, “This is a very good step which has been taken up by the Chairperson of Manipur State Commission for women. And also it is the hope for the community to shine like other genders.”
“There were so many cases which affect mental as well as physical health. At that time, the community had filed many cases against those who harrassed them without getting any justice. But with this cell the community will get justice on time,” she added.
On the occasion Binota said, “This is the first time not only in India, but perhaps also in the whole Asia Transgender women Gravience Redressal Cell has been opened. It is just the beginning for Transgender Community, especially for the registered “Nupi manbi” (transwomen) to provide a platform to address their problems, issues and challenges faced by them in the society.”
Out of those transgender communities, Transwomen are facing more harrasment in every social situation. Therefore, as a trial project, the commission opened this cell to give proper recommendation and to deliver justice and for protecting their rights in the long run, she added.
She urged the community to apply for transgender Identity card from the government to get the benefits under the Transgender Protection Act, 2019 which was introduced by Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment, Government Of India.
The opening of the cell will mark the initial step for bringing gender equality so that every diverse group of people could exercise and enjoy equal rights and opportunities with full responsibilities in the society, Binota said.