#GoodNews: Meet Ganga Kumari, Rajasthan’s First Transgender Cop
Ganga Kumari.
Ganga Kumari.(Photo: ANI)

#GoodNews: Meet Ganga Kumari, Rajasthan’s First Transgender Cop

The Rajasthan High Court on 13 November, directed the city police department to appoint Ganga Kumari as a constable, paving way for the appointment of the state's first transgender police constable.

Terming it a case of "gender bias", Justice Dinesh Mehta asked the force to provide her appointment within six weeks from the date of order along with the notional benefits from the year 2015.

Kumari, a resident of Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan, was selected in the police recruitment examination, conducted for 11,400 vacancies of constables in 2013. Her appointment was held up following the medical examination.

Kumari moved the high court stating that despite being eligible, the Jalore police refused to appoint her as constable.

Her counsel Rituraj Singh said it was for the first time that a transgender indiviual had 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.
Rituraj Singh, Kumari’s Lawyer

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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