The Kochi Metro has decided to provide accommodation for 23 transgender women it employed after they couldn’t find a permanent housing. The decision comes after 8 transgender employees have quit their jobs out of the 21 who joined as they said no-one was willing to rent to them.
“Many of us have stayed in private lodges and hotels so far, where we had to pay around 600 rupees a day. That was unaffordable for us, given we only make around 9,000 rupees every month,” said a transgender according to BBC reports.
While the plight of transgender workers in the Kochi Metro hit the right chords, Kochi Metro’s Reshmi CR said that the company had asked the nine women who resigned to reconsider their decision. Their decisions are on hold until July 5. If they decided not to rejoin, she said that their positions would be filled by other members of the transgender community.
Notably, 23 people were offered the job of which 21 people took it, in the first phase of recruitment.