17/02/2016 2:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

India's First Transgender Sub-Inspector Takes Charge

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K Prithika Yashini's long journey has come to a happy ending. The 25-year-old transgender person, whose application was initially rejected by the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) over her gender choice, has finally received the appointment order as sub-inspector of police on Monday, reports The Hindu.

According to the report, Yashini is one of the 22 persons who have received their appointment orders from Sumit Sharan, city Police Commissioner.

Yashini's application for the post of sub-inspector was rejected in 2015 because she did not fit in either the male or the female category.

After she took the matter to the Madras High Court, Yashini was allowed to take the written exam, physical endurance test and viva-voce.

Even after missing the 100-metre dash by a second, the first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana passed an order in November 2015 stating that she was entitled to get the job.

The court also ordered the TNUSRB to include transgender people as a "third category" by the time the next recruitment process is carried out.

Speaking to the media after receiving the order, The Hindu reported her saying, her journey was difficult but she is happy. She vowed to fight against female foeticide and to prevent crimes against women and stressed for reservation for transgender people in education and jobs. “My aim is to become an IPS officer,” she said.

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