NEW DELHI: A transgender person has created history by becoming the first from her community to join the Rajasthan police force.
Ganga Kumari, 24, is now Rajasthan’s first, but India’s third, transgender person to join a state police force.
Ganga’s appointment came after a two-year long legal battle, which resulted in the Rajasthan High Court directing that she be inducted in the state police force.
It wasn’t an easy ride for Ganga, who hails from Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan. She could easily have been the first transgender in the country to get into police force but fate had other plans for her.
Even after clearing the police recruitment examination in 2013, her appointment was stalled by the police department after it was discovered during her medical examination that she was a hermaphrodite.
Over the past three years, Ganga met police officials regularly, asking them to give her posting orders but all her efforts went in vain.
Frustrated, Ganga then moved the Rajasthan high court, stating that despite being eligible, she was being refused appointment by the Jalore Police.
“Everyone has a right to live and every citizen of India has equal rights. No one can be denied a job in the government. Being a transgender is not a crime. I have filed a writ in the high court, Jodhpur division,” Kumari was quoted as saying back in April 2017 to TOI.
Three years of struggle and a sackful of legal expenses later, Ganga won the court battle with Justice Dinesh Mehta giving the ruling in her favour on Monday. Justice Mehta termed it as a case of ‘gender bias’ and ordered police force to appoint Ganga within six weeks from the date of the order along with providing her the notional benefits from 2015.
Transgenders in India have to often faced discrimination when it comes to getting jobs. They are subjected to injustice and mistreatment not just by society but at times even by their family members.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court, in 2015, recognized the transgender community as a third gender. The ruling stated that the Constitution is gender neutral and no citizen can be discriminated against on the basis of gender. The apex court also ordered reservations for transgenders in jobs and education.
Following this ruling, earlier this year, 25-year-old K Prithika Yashini from Tamil Nadu made history by becoming the first transgender in the police force in India.
Source: Times of India