Chennai to Get India’s First Transgender SI

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Chennai: Chennai’s K Prithika Yashini will soon become India’s first transgender Sub Inspector of Police. The Madras High Court has declared the 24-year-old as a fit candidate, paving the way for her appointment as Sub Inspector by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Born and brought up as a boy named Pradeep Kumar, the young Computer Applications graduate turned into Prithika after a sex change surgery. But it was an arduous journey for her.

Her application was first rejected as the state police recruitment board doesn’t have a third gender category. There’s no quota or concessional cut off in written exam, physical examination or interview too for transgenders.

She filed a series of writ petitions which resulted in examination cut off marks being lowered from 28.5 to 25 in her case. She also qualified in all physical tests. Only in the 100 metres dash, she was late by one second, but that was accepted.

“I’m excited. It’s a new beginning for the entire transgender community,” said Prithika.

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