The Rajasthan Police has appointed its first transgender constable after state high court’s directive.
Constable Ganga Kumari was appointed as the first transgender woman constable after Justice Dinesh Mehta issued the order.
Ganga Kumari, who hails from Jalore, had filed a petition in the court when she was not given appointment by the Jalore Police Superintendent even after qualifying the examinations.
Kumari, then, approached the High Court stating that despite being eligible, the Jalore police refused to clear her appointment. The Supreme Court, in April 2015, had acknowledged transgenders as ‘third gender’ that is neither male nor female.
Her counsel Rituraj Singh said it was for the first time that a eunuch participated in police recruitment exams and stood successful. “But given the rules for appointment, the department was in confusion, and in spite of passing the examination, Kumari was not appointed as constable,” he said.
Given the disclosure in the medical examination, the Jalore police had sent the case to Jodhpur range IGP, who further sent it to the police headquarters in July, 2015. “The police officers then transferred the file to the home department, where it has been lying stuck since,” Singh said.
This is the first time in Rajasthan and third time in India when a transgender woman has been appointed at a government position.