First third gender UP chairman takes oath
Published: 09:20 PM, 3 January 2022 Updated: 09:23 PM, 3 January 2022
Country`s first elected third gender Union Parishad (UP) chairman Nazrul Islam Ritu
The country's first elected third gender Union Parishad (UP) chairman Nazrul Islam Ritu took the oath. He has been elected chairman of Trilochanpur union in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenaidah.
The newly elected chairmen of Kaliganj and Kotchandpur upazilas of the district were sworn in at the meeting room of Jhenaidah deputy commissioner's office on Monday noon. Deputy Commissioner Mujibur Rahman administered the oath. Nazrul Islam Ritu took oath there.
Independent candidate Nazrul Islam Ritu defeated Awami League nominated Nazrul Islam Chana in the Trilochanpur union of Jhenaidah in the third phase UP elections on November 28 last year. Ritu was elected chairman with 9557 votes while his nearest rival Nazrul Islam Chana of Boat symbol got 4529 votes.
After taking oath, Nazrul Islam Ritu said, “Being elected chairman, my responsibilities have increased. I will go to the Union Parishad on Tuesday (January 4). I will call the elders and well-wishers of the area there and will try to serve the people of the union in the coming days on their advice."
Chairman Ritu is the son of late Abdul Quader of Dadpur village in Trilochanpur union of the upazila. He had to leave the village at the age of seven and move to Dhaka due to his third gender characteristics were revealed after his birth. From a young age, he grew up in Dhaka's Demra police station near his team's guru. Now he (Guruma) is 43 years old. Ritu takes care of Guru's next responsibility.
Despite staying in Dhaka, the newly elected third-gender chairman, Ritu, often comes home because of his family. With his hard-earned money, he has been assisting in the development of the people of Union, including his birthplace Dadpur village, for the last 15 years.
Asked why voters voted for him, Ritu said, "I can't say. But for the last 15 years, I have been among the people. I love them, they love me too. Maybe that's why they voted me."
When asked if attitudes towards third sex people have changed, he said, "We are neglected in society, everyone looks at us with hatred. But today that situation has changed. People have given me the opportunity to serve. The Prime Minister has acknowledged to us, it is a great achievement. My goal now is to move forward."