Chinmayee Das, the transgender social activist from Odisha has been providing dry ration to the people since the first wave. However, she is, now, also helping in the cremation of bodies.
She keeps on travelling between Angul district and Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha to help people of both the districts. The transgender social activist from Odisha, Chinmayee Das, provides ration to people and cremate the bodies of COVID-19 infected people.
The 35-year-old activist runs a shop in Angul district whereas she is also connected with Jagatsinghpur as she was born there. Now, she makes sure to give her time to both the districts.
In the second wave, she has primarily been involved in the cremation of bodies. While she does it in Angul, her community members and other social workers help in cremating bodies in Jagatsinghpur.
After she realised that people are not able to cremate the bodies of their relatives owing to their home isolation or fear of the disease, Chinmayee shared her phone number over social media so that people may easily reach her for help.
However, this is not the first time that she has extended a helping hand to poor families. Even in the first wave of Coronavirus, Chinmayee was active in providing dry ration to families in both districts. She had also provided food and water to the animals in Angul.
Chinmayee herself has faced struggles in her life since childhood. Born as a boy in Jagatsinghpur, her relatives, neighbours, and friends had teased her a lot for her feminine nature and she had to leave her place after completing class 10.
She also had to do various odd jobs in the cities like Puri, Bhubaneswar, and Cuttack. However, with the money saved, she managed to open a shop in the Angul district. Chinmayee got herself registered as the third gender in 2012.
At present, she has been applauded by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik for her work and selfless service.
More power to her!
Source: The New Indian Express