Prithika Yashini from Tamil Nadu becomes first TransGender To Join The Police In India

Tamil Nadu: Breaking new grounds, 25-year-old K Prithika Yashini has become the first transgender person to make her way to the police force. She joined on duty as sub-inspector in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri police station on Sunday.

Ms Yashini who comes from Salem in Tamil Nadu, was born and brought up as a boy named Pradeep Kumar. The young Computer Applications graduate turned into Prithika after a sex change surgery.

To realise her dream, she had to put up a brave face and also take up the legal battle.

Since the state police recruitment board did not have a third gender category, her application got rejected at first. She also learnt that there was no quota or concessional cut off in written exam, physical examination or interview for transgenders.

She began her career as a warden in a ladies hostel. But passionate about pursuing her dream to become an IPS officer, Ms Yashini did not give up.

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 the physical tests. Only in the 100 metres dash, she was late by one second, but that was accepted.

Ms Yashini feels that it is a new beginning in the transgender community.The Madras High Court then declared her a fit candidate, paving the way for her appointment as sub-inspector by the Tamil Nadu government.

The Court had also directed the recruitment board to make changes to draw transgenders to the state police force.

Ms Yashini had earlier told NDTV that she feels that it’s a new beginning for the entire transgender community.

At a young age, she has become an inspiration for the entire community. With her achievement, a new chapter has begun in the police force to recognise the third gender and give them their rightful due.

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