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Women feel safe, men don't treat me differently, says Ola's first transgender driver

ANI
Published : Sep 1, 2018, 10:50 am IST
Updated : Sep 1, 2018, 10:50 am IST

Meghna Sahoo faced discrimination and rejection due to her gender identity and switched jobs in hopes of being treated at par with others.

Meghna has appealed to more members of the transgender community to look at driving as a viable career option to become self-reliant. (Photo: Twitter | @olacabs Screengrab)
 Meghna has appealed to more members of the transgender community to look at driving as a viable career option to become self-reliant. (Photo: Twitter | @olacabs Screengrab)

Bhubaneshwar: A Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource (HR) and Marketing, Meghna Sahoo is Ola's first transgender cab driver. She is from Bhubaneswar.

Speaking to ANI, 30-year-old Meghna Sahoo, who became the first transgender driver-partner of cab aggregator Ola, said she faced a lot of discrimination and rejection due to her gender identity and switched jobs in the hope of being treated at par with others.

"I struggled to get the same opportunity as others and it's difficult for transgender people to get jobs and driving training/ license etc... After the Supreme Court ruling that recognised 'transgender' as the third 'gender' it became easier for transgender people," she said.

Although landing a job was a difficult task, Meghna said that women travellers felt safer while commuting in her cab.

"I also didn't face any difficulty with male travellers because of my gender identity, and I feel happy about that," she added.

Meghna has appealed to more members of the transgender community to look at driving as a viable career option to become self-reliant.

Tags: ola cabs, meghna sahoo
Location: India, Odisha, Bhubaneswar