Varta Trust organizational logo: The word ‘Varta’ written out in black colour in a bold stylized typeface in all capitals on a white background. The text is inside a rectangle finely outlined in black. The first ‘A’ in ‘Varta’ is affixed with the graphic of a bugle on top. The bugle faces to the right, and breaks the rectangular outline where it sticks out above the logo lettering. Tagline below the logo says "Gender, Sexuality, Intimacy, Publishing". Logo artwork credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

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Story of a trans warrior – 10 years done, more to come (part 3)

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 illustration shows two photographs – on the left is a threat letter received by Joyita Mondal on December 7, 2018 apparently from a Hindu politico-religious outfit located in Joyita’s neighbourhood in Islampur. In gist, it says Joyita as a trans person has been a bad influence on Islampur, that she should leave the Thana Colony area, failing which there could be drastic consequences. The letter is unsigned and ends with the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram, Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The letter is written in Bengali with orange coloured ink on plain white paper (no letterhead used). More details on the letter content available in the article below. To the right of the threat letter is a complaint filed by Joyita at Islampur Police Station also on December 7, 2018. The complaint was against persons unknown for threatening Joyita through the anonymous letter. The complaint was also written in Bengali – on the letterhead of Dinajpur Natun Aalo Society, a queer support organization headed by Joyita. Photographs courtesy Joyita Mondal
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