Tamil Nadu’s Prithika Yashini to be India’s First Transgender Police Officer
Prithika Yashini, a Computer Applications graduate from Salem, Tamil Nadu, who was born and bred as Pradeep Kumar, is set to be the first transgender to don the uniform of a Police Sub-Inspector.
The transgender community has recently witnessed many developments and a rise of awareness and acceptance in our society is quite visible. Kolkata witnessed the appointment of the first transgender College Principal, Manobi Bandopadhyay, and Chattisgarh elected the first transgender mayor, Madhu Kinnar, all within a year of the Supreme Court declaring that transgenders are indeed a recognized ‘third sex’.
Although Prithika’s story is big news, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for her. She was rejected by her family after her sex change operation in 2011. She decided to apply to join the police force through Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB), but had to approach the High Court because the application form didn’t have transgenders in the gender category. The Madras High Court then declared that transgenders are eligible to apply for the post of Sub-Inspector, and directed TNUSRB to add transgenders as a third category before the next recruitment.
Prithika was declared fit to join the Police Force on Thursday, after passing the necessary examinations. This is an obvious reason to rejoice for the transgender community, and a major stepping stone in their empowerment in society.
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