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Joyita Mondal was appointed as a Lok Adalat judge in north Bengal three months ago. She hopes will pave the way for other people.
The 29-year-old was once made homeless and forced to turn to begging because of the discrimination she faced. After working for transgender rights organisations she says she was inspired to complete a law degree – to be able to fight for anyone facing social discrimination.
She says she has faced discrimination and people treated her as untouchable and also passed abusive comments. Now that she says she is happy that she gets the respect she always wanted.
Joyita continues to fight against widespread social bias and discrimination against transgender people in education and employment across India.
India’s Supreme Court recognised transgender people as a third gender in 2014.
It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities.
There is a long way to go..
"Sometimes I can feel negative vibes from those whose cases I adjudicate,"she said.
"From a strange gaze or body language. However, I must add that none of them have insulted me. At times, a few are just surprised to see a transgender person on the chair of judges."
"More time is required for society to change and we have to give it time."