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Indian paramilitary to induct transgender officers

In a socially transformation step, the Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country's elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the marginalised section

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Indian paramilitary to induct transgender officers

In a socially transformation step, the Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country's elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the…