Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 11:02
Transgenders soon to be a part of Tamil Nadu police force
In a major change in the traditional mindset, Tamil Nadu has paved way for transgenders to join the police force. In an order issued by the government for 12,137 police constable, transgenders could also apply for the post.
Transgenders option for the category would be placed under the female catefory for educational qualifications, physical fitness and reservation. India’s first transgender sub-inspector Prithika Yasini joined the police force as sub-inspector in February, after a court order.
Tamil Nadu would be India’s first state to allow transgender police officers, who were previously turned away due to lack of third gender entry.
“This is the first time that we will be formally inducting them in the police department. The notification is expected in a month and the recruitment completed by December,” The Hindu quoted a senior police officer said on Monday.
Earlier, some of them had tried to join the police force, but were turned down as there was no provision for the third gender. A candidate who joined, but was later found to be a transgender during routine medical examination was dismissed in 2013. The woman had joined the Grade-II constable after appearing and clearing the written, physical test and personal interview. She was dismissed months after as she qualified based on.
The candidate then moved to Madras High Court and said that she represented Tamil Nadu as a woman athlete and was admitted in school as a girl. The court ordered her reinstated.