An Intersex woman has made history by becoming the first from her community to join the Rajasthan police force after a long High Court battle over gender discrimination.
Ganga Kumari, 24, is now Rajasthan’s first, India Counts intersex people as fully recognised third gender people under the Transgender umbrella and Ganga becomes the third, trans/intersex person to join a state police force.
Ganga’s appointment came after a two-year-long legal battle, which resulted in the Rajasthan High Court directing that they are inducted into the state police force.
It wasn’t an easy ride for Ganga, who hails from Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan.
They could easily have been the first intersex* person in the country to get into police force but fate had other plans for her.
Even after clearing the police recruitment examination in 2013, the appointment was stalled by the police department after it was discovered during Ganga’s medical examination that she was born Intersex.
Over the past three years, Ganga met police officials regularly, asking them to give her posting orders but all Ganga’s efforts went in vain.
Frustrated, Ganga then applied to the Rajasthan high court, stating that despite being eligible, Ganga was being refused an appointment by the Jalore Police.
“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.
Three years of struggle and a sackful of legal expenses later, Ganga won the court battle with Justice Dinesh Mehta giving the ruling in Ganga’s favour on Monday.
Justice Mehta termed it as a case of ‘gender bias’ and ordered police forces to appoint Ganga within six weeks from the date of the order along with providing Ganga with the notional benefits from 2015.
Transgender and Intersex people in India have too often faced discrimination when it comes to getting jobs. They are subjected to injustice and mistreatment not just by society but at times even by their family members.