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  • Transgender Appointed Cong Gen Sec

    Published on January 8, 2019

     New Delhi (PNI): Congress president Rahul Gandhi has on Tuesday appointed a transgender journalist and activist Apsara Reddy as National General Secretary of the Party’s Women wing -Mahila Congress.

    As a transgender woman, Apsara has been involved in social activism through her college days and also has taken up high-profile cases of Child Rape and created a media sensation in Tamil Nadu. Her active voice on social issues and her brand of journalism initially saw her join BJP after meeting Amit Shah. She quit within a month’s time for she felt “BJP is regressive and has no place for free-thinking individuals.” Apsara was offered National Spokesperson’s role by J. Jayalalithaa, Former CM of Tamil Nadu. Apsara continued in that role till she had differences with the faction-ridden AIADMK.

    Apsara further said “I come from a background where I was exposed to many prejudices and injustices quite early on. The hypocrisy and discrimination only motivated me to work against injustice. India is being governed by forces that place far more importance on religious identity than the rights and dignity of women. Congress is truly a party that built India and sustained us for generations with good policy and a sensitive and inclusive approach in governance. Rahul Gandhi ji’s commitment to fair representation of women, women-centric manifesto goals and dynamism are truly inspiring and I would be delighted to serve women across the country under his leadership.”

    Being a woman, Apsara feels is a blessing and says, “Over 40% of Indian women according to the Human Development Report’s Gender Inequality Index suffer abuse, neglect or violence at the hands of their husbands or family members. Girl child rape is at an all-time high. To protect women from crimes and abuse we need to embolden their voices, frame policies that push for intervention and strengthen our social justice mechanisms.”

    Taking further on  the BJP in her home-state Tamil Nadu, Apsara says, “AIADMK government is playing into the hands of the BJP. Sterlite Industries protest saw the killing of many innocent civilians, the eight-lane highway project will displace lakhs of farmers and the forced NEET Medical Entrance exam claimed the life of a bright young Dalit student. Never in the history of any State has a Central Minister audited the office and the chief of staff of a sitting Chief Minister. It happened in TN. I will work in the grassroots to ensure that the BJP’s sinister plans for TN will not take shape. And ensure Congress returns to power in TN.”

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