Indian city police tricked trans people with job offers to out them

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Forty young transgender folk in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India, immediately reacted on the statement from the local government about the recruitment drive for trans police officers. They hoped that wearing a police uniform would make them feel safe and protected and they would not have to engage into prostitution to survive. But despite months of training and study, none of the trans recruits have joined the force. Exam results have been delayed, and local LGBT+ activists have accused the police of political infighting and mismanagement. This delay has had bad consequences for the trans recruits, many of whom were inadvertently outed to their families after the media reports about the recruitment. Many of them were kicked out of homes and left jobless. Trans activist Vidhya Rajput led the push to diversify Chhattisgarh’s police force in 2017. She runs a trans-rights advocacy group and emphasized that police jobs were a “step towards dignity” for trans people. But now that the jobs haven’t materialized and the recruits have been left in a perilous limbo, she blames herself.

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