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24-Year-Old Becomes First Transgender To Join Rajasthan Police

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Transgenders have traditionally faced great difficulties in society and have been widely ostracised, however, times are changing. Soon after a 40-year-old became the first ever transgender to be voted Sarpanch in a Maharashtra village, a 24-year-old has become the first transgender to join the Rajasthan Police force.

Ganga Kumari, a resident of Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan, had appeared for the police recruitment examination for constables in 2013. Although Kumari should have been able to join the Rajasthan police in March 2015, the hiring was put on hold as she was a transgender, with the police citing a lack of clarity of the rules.

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Not ready to give up, Kumari moved the high court, fighting for the right to join the Rajasthan police force after officially qualifying.

"Everyone has a right to live and every citizen of India has equal rights. No one can be denied a job in the government. Being a transgender is not a crime. I have filed a writ in the high court, Jodhpur division," Kumari was quoted as saying back in April 2017.

After years of struggling, Kumari won the legal battle with Justice Dinesh Mehta terming the issue a case of 'gender bias' and ordering the police force to appoint Kumari within 6 weeks and provide all the benefits that would have been applicable since when Kumari cleared the examination in 2015.

Ganga Kumari is now the third transgender to join a state police force.

Previously in April 2015, the Supreme Court had recognised transgenders as the 'third gender' neither male nor female, ruling that transgenders will be granted reservations in admissions to educational institutions and in jobs.