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Kerala is planning separate blocks for transgenders in its jails in a first of its kind initiative in the country. The move is to protect privacy and human rights of transgender people and comes in light of rise in harassment and sexual exploitation of third gender inmates on jail premises. A high security prison block is coming up at Viyyur Central Jail in Thrissur to exclusively house transgender prisoners. Other jails will follow suit soon. “The exclusive third gender block is planned within the nine acre new jail complex adjacent to Viyyur Central Prison,” jail authorities said. Though the unique complex is designed to house inmates like NIA prisoners and those convicted under Goondas Act and Kerala Anti-social Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA), the state Prison Departmen...

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