“I’m very happy for completing the training. It went well. Everybody was very cooperative and understanding” – K Prithika Yashini
K. Prithika Yashini is appointed as India’s first trans-woman sub-inspector in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu. 25-year-old Yashini was born and brought up as Pradeep Kumar in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Coming from a humble family background it was not easy for her to make her parents understand about her sexuality but she was determined to do what she felt was right. She fought social dogma, gender bias and discrimination to find her identity. She underwent sex reassignment surgery soon after completing her graduation.
Her goal in life was not limited to find herself but to achieve something which was next to impossible, she applied for the post of sub-inspector but her application was rejected as there were only two columns under the gender category, either male or female. There was no third category for transgender people, she decided to fill out the form as a female. Determined to enter the police force and fight for the rights of transgenders she approached the high court and fought a long legal battle against the state uniform services recruitment board citing a Supreme Court directive.
Subsequently, the court passed a judgement in her favour and she was recruited as the first transgender SI of India. Now, her next dream is to become an IPS officer.