India’s first Tranagender police in Tamil Nadu has made a historic turn when Madras high court directed Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services to appoint a tranagender as a sub-inspector as she was entitled to get the job.
The next recruitment agency has been directed to include transgenders as “third category” by the first bench, chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana.
The court intervention took place after K Prithika Yashini’s application for the post was initially denied as she was a transgender. Following the rejection, she moved to the high court and complained against the injustice she had faced.
The Supreme Court judgement, in the light of this incident, ordered the state and central governments to treat transgenders educationally and socially as backward citizens so that reservations can be applicable to their category. The court has asked educational institutes to make space in their universities and to take step towards enriching their lives with education.
The discrimination suffered by the transgenders is difficult to be realised by the other two genders as they are not victim of the unwanted gaze. “She has undergone sufferance of an exit from her house without parental protection. It is in these difficult circumstances that the petitioner has been endeavouring to eke out a living, ” said the bench.
The judgement of the Supreme Court noted the absence of any column for the third gender. In accordance to the rights guaranteed to transgendered under the constitution, they are liable to get all the rights that other genders have been provided with. It is our duty as citizens to eliminate the gaze and empower transgenders to take a stand and fend for themselves.