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India appoints 1st transgender chancellor

27 May 2015, 18:15

Kolkata - India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the principal of a women's college.

Manabi Banerjee will head the Krishnagar Women's College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

According to local official Dipak K Kar, Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9.

India's transgender activists have hailed the decision as a proud day for the community that usually faces discrimination.

Last year, India's Supreme Court declared the transgender community as a legal third gender, granting them minority rights and privileges to education, employment and health benefits.

- AP


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