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Congress appoints its first transgender national-level office bearer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Tuesday appointed activist Apsara as a of its women's wing, making her the 133-year-old party's first office-bearer at the national level.

Reddy, a well-known journalist and activist, was appointed national of the All Mahila (AIMC) by in the presence of

As a transgender woman, has been involved in social and also has taken up cases of child rape, a statement said.

had earlier been part of the BJP and the (AIADMK).

Welcoming Reddy to the Mahila Congress, the said the activist's dynamic personality will be an asset for the party's women's wing.

"I thank ji for accepting her as a member of the INC family," she said.

Dev said Reddy is the first transgender national-level office bearer of the party.

The newly-appointed general secretary, Reddy, said: "I will meet with a cross-section of women to address issues pertaining to their rights."

"I will work with the Congress' Mahila state unit's across India towards women's economic empowerment, fighting against social injustices, helping women find their human rights and help contribute to the party's manifesto with women-centric policies," Reddy said.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:06 IST