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Meet the first transgender judge in India: Joyita Mondal

Whenever a transgender in India makes his or her way to a powerful position there is every reason we should ecstatically celebrate it. Transgender is a term in India that is always looked down upon even though India has the principle of inclusion and pluralism innate in its existence. The nation just got its first transgender judge in India and we would call it something more than welcomed.

Joyita Mondal from Siliguri is the first transgender judge in India and rightly wants more power ad recognition being extended to the transgender community. In 2016 Joyita Mondal was the first transgender to vote from her district. In July this year she was made the judge of the Islampur Lok Adalat. She believes that her mission will only be complete when more and more people from the transgender community are made to enter government and private sector jobs. 

HER ORGANISTION HAS WORKED FOR THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY FOR 7 YEARS

Joyita Mondal is the first transgender judge in India but that isn’t all! She through her organisation, “Dinajpur Notun Alo” has worked for the welfare of the community for around 7 years. The organisation has worked for around 2200 people from the transgender community in the region. She left home in 2009 and then accidentally landed up in Islampur, Dinajpur district.

She says, “even if 2-3% of transgenders from Islampur get dignified jobs she would consider her appointment beneficial to the community” That is when this achievement of being the first transgender judge in India would be of any worth she says.

 

HOW DID HER ORGANISATION COME TO BEING?

Joyita Mondal recalls her early days of struggle when no hotel let her in and she had to sleep in bus shelters in Islampur.  Then she met with some local transgenders and formed the organisation on January 10, 2010 and then in 2011 she got her first big break in a foreign project that was aimed at facilitating legal aid to the transgender people of the region.

We extend more power to her and we would like more people break the unwanted stereotypes that are deep rooted in the Indian culture without any substantive logic!

 

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