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Satkhira’s Kalaroa elects transgender councillor

  • Published at 10:45 pm January 31st, 2021
Dithi Khatun-transgender
Dithi Khatun, a member of the transgender community, shows 'V' sign after winning the councillor's post in the recently held Kalaroa Municipality polls in Satkhira on Sunday, on January 31, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The councillor rushed to the houses of her supporters to express her gratitude after the victory was confirmed

Dithi Khatun, a member of the transgender community, has won the post of municipality councillor in her second attempt as an aspirant for the reserved seat.

She was elected for Ward 7, 8 and 9 of the district's Kalaroa Municipality in the third phase of the municipality polls held on Saturday.

Dithi, running under the "Ring" symbol , received 2,079 votes while nearest rival Hasina Aktar, under the "Hibiscus" symbol, received 1,183 votes.

Arif Mahmud, a local who voted for Dithi, told Dhaka Tribune: "Dithi has been by our side during the Covid-19 crisis. She provided food aid to people's homes at night. We believe that she will work for the transgender people as well others who are neglected in our society. 

"We believe that Dithi will ensure a life of dignity for everyone," Arif added.

Soon after the results were announced, Dithi rushed to the houses of the voters in her electoral area and expressed her gratitude for their support.

Dithi also contested the 2015 municipality elections but failed to win by a small margin.