K Prithika Yashini, 25, is the first transgender person to become a police official in India.
A judgement by the Madras High Court on 6 November 2015 directed the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) to appoint K Prithika Yashini as a sub-inspector of police as she is “entitled to get the job”. The judgement further directed the TNUSRB to include transgenders as a “third category”, apart from the usual category of “male” and “female”.
Her application was initially rejected because of her being transgender as she did not belong to any of the two specified categories, namely, male or female. Subsequently, she challenged the decision of the TNUSRB in different courts including the High Court of Madras. Accordingly, the High Court of Madras ordered that she be allowed to the officer’s test. The test for the recruitment comprises written test, physical endurance test and a viva-voce (oral test).
In an interview, Prithika Yashini said, “I’m excited. It’s a new beginning for the entire transgender community.” adding that she aspires to become an officer of Indian Police Service over a period of time.
This is a huge step forward for our Indian community as a Sub Inspector is the first one in the chain of command who is able to file a charge sheet.
Addressing the media here on Monday, she said her journey was very difficult. Expressing happiness over being the country’s first transgender Sub-Inspector, she vowed to fight against foeticide and prevent crime against women while stressing the need for transgender opportunities in education and jobs. “My aim is to become an IPS officer,” she said