Kerala has been in the news cycle for the last few days for many things. From Supreme Court asking about why women could not be allowed in the Sabarimala temple (and the opinion was divided across the state) to news the emerging that Kerala is set to achieve 100 percent primary education (we all know Kerala is leads the way in literacy numbers).
In November last year, Kerala had announced a transgender policy — the first state to do so in India. According to NDTV, the policy hopes to give 25,000 transgender people in the state a platform to be able to demand a right to "equality, dignity, development and expression".
More recently, adhering to the tenets of the policy, Kerala on Wednesday, announced that there would be a justice board set up to exclusively for the transgender community — a move that is aimed at ensuring justice for the community.
MK Muneer, Minister for Social Welfare was quoted by the network, "We hope this policy will help us in getting transgenders formal education, employment and more. In Kerala, most of them are seen begging and or being forced into the sex market." Kerala government also hopes to introduce "seperate gender columns for transgender people in all government forms for jobs, as their next step."
According to a report on Hindustan Times, the board is a "first-of-its-kind", and is a part of the state's transgender policy. The board will exclusively hear transgenders and their experiences and bring them into the mainstream. The board will also provide free legal aid to transgenders in cases of discrimination and violence against them.
We're hoping that other states take a cue!