This refers to report “Where protectors couldn’t transcend gender” (May 21). The dismissal of a transgender from the Tamil Nadu police points to the discrimination that characterises the life of the transgender community and deprives it of the fundamental right to life with dignity. The dismissal is a violation of Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution. It is unfair and unwarranted on the part of the government to deprive the transgenders of their right to employment on the basis of gender.

The issue of access to justice and social inclusion of transgenders should be made a rights issue. The government should consider them the third gender with entitlements, including the right to property and inheritance as seen in many progressive countries.

T. Marx,

Puducherry

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