When the latest batch of trainees passed out of Tamil Nadu Police Academy on Friday, it added a new chapter in recognising sexual minorities. This is because, one of the 1,028 trainees was K Prithika Yashini, a 25-year -old who will soon join the police as a Sub-inspector.
What makes Yashini’s appointment unique is that it is the first time ever in India, a transsexual has been selected for the uniform service.
Born and raised as male, Yashin left her family in Salem in 2011 as she couldn’t handle the internal conflict over her sexual identity. Yashini recalled how her parents, tried everything from ‘medicines’ to taking her to temples and astrologers, to ‘cure’ her.
Ever since she underwent a sex change beginning in 2011, he has been fighting her way against discrimination based on her sexual identity. “Wherever I went for an interview, I was literally thrown out. I had almost stopped dreaming about leading my life on my terms,” she said.
Her childhood dream of becoming a police officer was no different, Yashini, a Computer Applications graduate had to fight a lengthy legal battle to get selected.
Her application was rejected as the state police recruitment board doesn’t have a third gender category. But in a landmark judgement in November 2015, the Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board to include members from the transgender community under ‘third category’, which paved way for her selection.
Recalling her training Yashini said, “Both men and women training to be sub-inspectors were very cooperative, helpful and friendly with me.”