Raipur: In the wake to promote gender equality, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to recruit transgenders in its police force. Transgender applicants, who were rejoicing over the decision, were seen at the police parade ground in Raipur.
Chhattisgarh has become the first Indian state to do so. The state police have started conducting workshops to facilitate applications from the transgender community here, the news agency reports.
In 2014, Supreme Court declared transgender people as 3rd gender and ruled that they have equal privilege over the fundamental rights. According to estimates, there are more than 3,000 transgenders in Chhattisgarh and falls under the other backward class (OBC) category.
The transgender applicants would be recruited under similar guidelines as the other two genders.
While Chhattisgarh has become the first state to officially recruit transgenders in its police ranks, isolated cases like that of Prithika Yashini from Tamil Nadu also exist. In the case of Yashni who is currently serving as a Sub-inspector in Tamil Nadu police, she had to fight a long legal battle to get her recruitment cleared.
Ganga Kumari, a Constable in Rajasthan police who was also appointed in 2017 has a similar story of extensive court battles to reach where she is today.