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Story of a trans warrior – 10 years done, more to come (part 1)

By Pawan Dhall
A rambling conversation with Islampur-based trans rights activist Joyita Mondal who not long ago had to change houses under threats of violence, but emerged stronger from the ordeal
This is a combination of a photograph of trans activist Joyita Mondal, who is profiled in the article, and one of her quotes extracted from the article. The photograph is a close shot of a smiling Joyita Mondal looking towards the camera. Her kohl-laden eyes and a rose red ‘bindi’ with a black outline make for a striking look that seems to go well with her make-up, light jewellery and dress. She is wearing a garland of white flowers in her hair. She seems to be attending a trans women’s community event; there is another trans woman visible in the background though her image is blurred. The quote text says: “On the 10th of January in 2010, I decided to form an organization called Dinajpur Natun Aalo but did not register it then. It was here in Islampur that I found my dear ones, heard their plight and how together we could work our way forward . . . Many organisations operated in West Bengal but Islampur or North Bengal was a region where much work had not been done with men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans women.” Photo courtesy Joyita Mondal
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