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India’s first trans police officer is ready to hit the beat

India’s first trans police officer is ready to hit the beat

K Prithika Yashini will soon be a sub-inspector in India's Tamil Nadu state.

After undergoing rigorous training, India’s first trans police officer, Prithika Yashini has graduated from the academy and is ready to start her new job.

In 2015, Yashini won a landmark legal battle to become the country’s first trans police officer.

Earlier that year India officially recognised transgender people as a third gender. But the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) did not have the option on its application.

She won a battle in the Madras High Court to have the include a third gender on its application process.

‘The social impact of such recruitment cannot be lost sight of, as it would give strength to the case of transgenders,’ the judges said in their ruling.

‘Yashini must reach the finish line, and not be stopped and disqualified in the middle.’

Class of 2017

On Friday Yashini was one of 1028 trainees to graduate from the Tamil Nadu Police Academy. She will join the force a Police Sub-Inspector.

‘Wherever I went for an interview, I was literally thrown out,’ Yashini told the India Times of her attempts to join the force.

‘I had almost stopped dreaming about leading my life on my terms.’

Yashini said she was treated very well during her police training.

‘Both men and women training to be sub-inspectors were very cooperative, helpful and friendly with me,’ she said.