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Where protectors couldn’t transcend gender

Tamil Nadu police officer dismissed from service when a medical check shows she was a transgender.

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22nd May 2013 14:31

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Trans Secretariat


Joining the police force was a dream come true for this promising athlete from Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. But the joy did not last long as she was dismissed from service a couple of months later. Reason: it was found during a routine medical check that she was a transgender.

Hailing from a poor family — her father works as a scavenger in the local municipality — the constable tried her best to convince police officials that she would produce results on a par with their expectations, but in vain. The department made it clear that the force could accommodate either men or women, but there was no place for the third gender.

She had a good track record in sports, NCC and academics. She performed well in the written examination, physical test and personal interview and was selected for the post of Grade-II police constable. “Women police recruits have to undergo a medical check for pregnancy. During this exercise, it was found that this particular constable was a transgender. She had qualified based on the physical standards set for women. After a preliminary enquiry, the person was dismissed from service,” a senior police official told The Hindu.

The woman participated in State-level athletic meets and bagged several medals. On hearing the news, her shocked parents appealed to the Superintendent of Police not to make public the reason for her dismissal.

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