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Transgender allowed to write TNPSC exam as woman

It was a tiny relief for Swapna, but a giant leap for the entire transgender community. Thanks to the Madras high court, Swapna became the first person in the country to choose her own sex, and get a legal stamp for it, too. Her school and college certificates show her sex as 'male', but Swapna has now chosen to be socially recognised as a transgender and be officially treated as a 'woman'.

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30th November 2013 08:44

Alessia Valenza

She, along with four other members of the transgender community, filed a PIL in the high court with a twin prayer – one, to direct the Tamil Nadu government to reserve 3% of seats in education and employment for transgenders; two, to direct the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to permit Swapna to sit for examination by treating her as a ‘woman’.

On Wednesday, the TNPSC’s standing counsel handed over a hall ticket to Swapna, permitting her to write examination for Group-II posts to be held on December 1 as a ‘woman’ candidate. The venue where she received the hall ticket was no less significant – it was the first bench of the high court.

Recording the event, the first bench comprising Chief Justice R K Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan said: "Standing counsel for the TNPSC today produced a copy of the hall ticket, permitting Swana to appear for Group-II examination, which is to be held on December 1."

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