Pimpri, 21st July 2022: There is always talk of a royal wedding ceremony or an extravagant wedding. However, a transgender couple appointed in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is now married.
Security guard Roopa and Green Marshal Prem tied the knot in a Vedic manner (traditional way) on Sunday (July 17). The marriage took place in the presence of officers and some colleagues from the PCMC.
Commissioner and Administrator Rajesh Patil recently took a decision to include the LGBTQ community in the service of the municipal corporation. PCMC is the first municipality in the country to employ LGBTQ workers.
Prem is graduated, while Roopa is educated up to class 12. Both of them met in Thane a year ago at an event for the transgender community. They started meeting each other frequently. After that, both of them started working in an NGO. Later, after their friendship turned into love, they both decided to get married.
Roopa was working in Pune, while Prem was working in Kalyan. Meanwhile, after the PCMC decided to accommodate the LGBTQ community in the job, Roopa tried to get 15 transgenders including herself and Prem to get the benefit of this offer. When both of them came to Pimpri-Chinchwad for work, they decided to get married.
Prem and Roopa both say that they are also a part of this society and they did not perform anything different and unusual.
“We met in July last year in Thane, I am from Buldhana district. We met while working in an NGO. We were thinking of getting married after we became friends, but we were brought into the mainstream by jobs. Commissioner Rajesh Patil has played a major role in bringing us together. We first had a registered marriage but we wanted to have a Vedic marriage. We got married accordingly,” said Roopa.
“I am from Ratnagiri, but my family has settled in Kalyan. In my house, everyone knows that I and Roopa are in a relationship. But in Roopa’s house, there was no such idea. We decided to get married six months after we moved to the same city after getting the jobs”, said Greenmarshal and newlywed Prem.
“In order to bring the LGBTQ community into the mainstream, along with giving them jobs, policies such as a pension, health care, and housing assistance have been undertaken. If the municipality can provide employment to them, private companies should also employ them. They are a part of us and should not be considered separate,” said Rajesh Patil, Commissioner and Administrator, PCMC.