A computer applications graduate, Pradeep Kumar, who became Prithika Yashini after a sex change surgery, was declared fit by the Madras high court to become the sub-inspector for Tamil Nadu government.
Prithika is the first transgender to be appointed sub-inspector of police in India. Her application was first rejected as the state police recruitment board does not have a third gender category. There’s no quota or concession in the written exam, physical examination or interview for transgenders.
However, Prithika did not lose hope and 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 it was accepted.
Prithika aims to be an IAS officer and is very excited as it will be a new beginning for the entire transgender community. Her advocate also believes that this move will definitely bring new and better opportunities for many transgenders.
In Madurai as well, the district police appointed transgenders as Home Guards on daily wage basis.