Indian Navy dismissed sailor Manish Giri as he underwent a sex change surgery. Indian Navy sighted the reason that the sailor violated the regulation under which he was recruited, ‘an Indian male citizen’.
Manish Giri was inducted in the Indian Navy seven years ago. The sailor was dismissed under the clause of ‘Service No Longer Required’ under the Navy regulations. A statement was issued by the Indian Navy in this regard, which said, “The serving sailor, who underwent sex reassignment surgery at a private facility whilst on leave, was administratively discharged from the service.”
“The individual chose to undergo irreversible gender re-assignment on his own accord whilst on leave, wilfully altering his gender status from the one he was recruited for at the time of his induction,” it said.
“He has, therefore, breached the Recruitment Regulations and eligibility criteria for his employment as a sailor in the Indian Navy. The existing service rules and regulations do not permit the sailor’s continued employment owing to his altered gender status, medical condition and resultant employability restrictions,” it added.
As per reports, Manish underwent a sex reassignment surgery a few months ago in Delhi but the Navy was unaware of her surgery until she fell ill due to a urinary tract infection.
However, the sailor has a problem with the Navy as she was an engineer on the ship before her surgery but after her surgery, she was given ground-work by the Navy. This case has been forwarded to the Ministry of Defence seeking advice on the future course of action.
Manish Giri was posted at INS Eksila base of the Navy in Visakhapatanam. The sailor was accused of wearing sarees and had grown hair while in service.