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Eunuchs cast votes in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Nearly 1,300 eunuchs residing here near Vani Vihar exercised their franchises in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held on Thursday in Odisha. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had provided them voter identity cards in the ‘Others’ category two years ago.  

The eunuchs had cast their votes in the recently concluded Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation elections recently and for the first time they exercised their franchises in the general elections,country’s biggest ever democratic exercise.

These eunuchs under the aegis of All Orissa Eunuch Association came to the polling booth at Saheed Nagar Primary School and cast their votes.

“After a long fight we get justice. Finally we exercise our democratic right. And nobody will underestimate us since the Supreme Court has recognised us as third gender recently,” said an elated Mamata Gharana Welfare Trust secretary Madhuri Kinnar after casting the vote.

Association president Pratap Sahoo, Kajal Kinnar, Malli, Golapi among many were present during the polling.

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