India first transgender sub-inspector to take charge in Chennai

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India first transgender sub-inspector to take charge in ChennaiA West Bengal college appointed a transgender principal, a transgender was elected mayor in a Chhattisgarh city, and now Chennai is all set to get India’s first transgender police sub- inspector.The Madras High Court said that transgenders are eligible for recruitment in the police as sub -inspectors, and allowed Prithika to appear for the written test.

After she was medically confirmed as a transgender, Yashini left her home to avoid embarrassment to her parents. The news comes from Tamil Nadu, a state hailed for forming the first transgenders welfare board, which is said to be the first not only in India but probably in the world.

Born in the city of Salem in Tamil Nadu, Yashini was named K Pradeep Kumar at birth. K. Prithika Yashini leaves Madras High Court on Friday, a day after the decks were cleared for her to be appointed Tamil Nadu’s first transgender sub-inspector. 

We weren’t done applauding the remarkable decision taken by West Bengal government that directed Kolkata police to include Hijras in the Civic Police Volunteer Force (CPVC), and now comes another good news that says India is set to get its first transgender sub-inspector of Police. The judges added: “The social impact of such recruitment can not be lost sight of, as it would give strength to the case of transgenders.

Prithika hails from the Salem town of Tamil Nadu and underwent a sex change operation in 2011. She first came to the court for permission to take part in written examination held on May 23, 2015. Yashini’s application for the post was initially rejected, following which she moved the high court. After succeeding in the first round of litigation, she was able to participate in field trials on August 5.

She completed the recruitment process, but was disqualified during the physical endurance test, after being just one second short of the qualifying time in a 100 m sprint. She documented a progression of writ petitions which brought about examination cut off imprints being brought from 28.5 down to 25 for her situation. Her advocate, Bhavani, has represented similar cases earlier for other transgender trying for government jobs.

There are an estimated two million transgender people in India. In a landmark judgement a year ago, India’s Supreme Court recognised the third gender status for transgenders, and asked the Central government to treat them as socially and economically backward.

 

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