Denied! Bosses reject Beed cop's sex change request citing recruitment regulation

Updated: 20 November, 2017 18:08 IST | Suraj Ojha | Mumbai

Senior officers cite recruitment regulation and eligibility criteria for male and female candidates to reject her plea; constable to move court

The Maharashtra police prefer this Beed constable remain a policewoman, and not become a policeman. Top officers have rejected the application of Lalita Salve, 29, who had written to them, asking for a month's leave to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The Beed police said her application was rejected based on recruitment regulations and eligibility criteria, which are different for men and women.

Lalita Salve
Lalita Salve

Citing "a huge difference" between the recruitment requirement for male and female candidates, Special Inspector General (Aurangabad range) Milind Bharambe told mid-day, "We have rejected her plea on the basis of recruitment regulations and eligibility. We've heard the applicant is expected to move court; we will follow its ruling."

Constable Lalita Salve
Constable Lalita Salve

The criteria
For male candidates, the required height is 165 cm, while for the women, it's 161 cm. For the men, the chest measurement needs to be between 79 and 84 cm; for the women, there's no such requirement.

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Salve, posted at Majalgaon in Beed district, had written to Superintendent of Police Shidhar Govindrajan and Director General of Police Satish Mathur, seeking a month's leave for the operation and to be referred to as a male constable after it.

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The constable, who has been serving in the force since 2010, took the decision to change her gender after feeling "she was a man trapped in a woman's body" due to what she described as hormonal imbalances. She said that for the last four years she had been noticing changes in her physical appearance that could "happen only to men", and that, she added, convinced her that she was meant to be a man.

Lawyer speak
Her lawyer Dr Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi said, "My client has undergone medical treatment at JJ hospital, wherein doctors have advised her to undergo the surgery... As of now, we haven't received any rejection from the top officers. Once the order copy is received, I will discuss it with my client and move court." Naqvi said he was seeking necessary orders as per the Maharashtra Police Rules, to ensure the cop's right to equality and life.

Sailor given the boot
This is not the first such instance. In 2016, Indian Navy sailor Manish Giri underwent a gender reassignment surgery, to become 'Sabi'. Last month, the Navy discharged him, with its press release stating the clause of 'Service No Longer Required under the Navy Regulations' was evoked. The serving sailor, who underwent the surgery at a private facility whilst on leave, was administratively discharged from service. "The individual chose to undergo irreversible gender re-assignment of his own accord... altering his gender from the one he was recruited as. He has, therefore, breached the recruitment regulations and eligibility criteria... 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," the press release stated.

165 cm
Height requirement for male candidates

161 cm
Height requirement for female candidates

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First Published: 20 November, 2017 11:07 IST

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