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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Ganga Kumari, first Transgender Cop of India is now official, after legal battle.

  • Ganga Kumari is now Rajasthan's first, but India's third, transgender person to join a state police force.
  • Her appointment was stalled by the police department following her medical examination.
  • She then moved the Rajasthan high court and won the legal battle that lasted 2 years.

When 24-year-old Ganga Kumari first applied to join the state police force of Rajasthan in 2015, she could have easily been India’s first transgender police constable. However, fate had other plans for her.

She was denied from taking up the post due to the lack of clarity regarding her gender and the rules of appointment. Nevertheless, this braveheart fought for two long years to claim her right to don the uniform and serve the nation in the state police force and this Monday, 13 November 2017, was a turning point for her.

Ganga is now all set to be Rajasthan State Police Force’s first and India’s third transgender cop.

"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.

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