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HC permits transgender to appear in SI interview

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Lending a helping hand to transgender K. Prithika Yashini, who is still nurturing aspirations to become a Sub Inspector of Police, despite failing the physical test by a second, the Madras High Court has permitted her to appear in the interview. However, it would be subject to the result of the writ petition.

Hearing a PIL plea filed by Ms. Yashini of Salem, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam permitted her to participate in the ongoing interview.

A postgraduate diploma holder in Computer Applications, she could not change her name K. Pradeep Kumar to K. Prithika Yashini despite making several representations to educational institutions following a gender reassignment surgery at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

She holds an identity card from the Tamil Nadu Transgender Welfare Board and had in 2013 changed her name and published it in the government gazette too.

The TNUSRB had rejected her application for the post of Sub Inspector of Police on February 26 this year on the ground that her new name was not reflected in her certificates. The High Court had earlier come to her rescue by allowing her to appear in the exam. The High Court had again helped her to appear in the physical test.

During the physical test in the first week of August, Ms. Yashini failed the 100 metre running test by a second and hence the plea.

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