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Indian state to pay for sex change in boost for transgender rights

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People sing and dance as they take part in the 10th Namma Pride March, an event promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights, in Bengaluru, India, November 26, 2017. (Reuters pic)

KOCHI/NEW DELHI: LGBT campaigners urged India’s state governments on Monday to “learn a lesson” from Kerala after authorities in the wealthy southern state said they would cover the cost of gender reassignment surgeries.

Kerala’s chief minister said his government would pay 200,000 rupees (US$3,000) to allow people to have the procedure, the second Indian state to do so after neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

“If more money is required, it will be made available,” Jaffar Malik, director of the state’s social justice department, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Monday.

Maya Urmi Aher, a transgender woman and rights activist, called it a “welcome step”.

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