Woman declared ‘male’ can get cop job: HC | India News

MUMBAI: A young woman whose dream of joining the police force seemed to crash around her feet four years ago after a medical test declared her “male” is finally set to join the force, albeit in a non-constabulary post, as the high court asked the state to consider her case sympathetically.
With the state agreeing to treat her as a special case, Justices Revati Mohite Dere and Madhav Jamdar last week said on receipt of the police recommendation, the state should take “an appropriate decision, keeping in mind the special facts of this case, as expeditiously as possible and in any event, within 4 weeks”. The police department will have to implement the decision in another four weeks.
When she was 19, she had applied for the Nashik Rural Police Recruitment 2018 under the scheduled caste category. She appeared for the written and physical tests and scored 171 out of 200 marks. She was sent to JJ Hospital for medical examination, where a sonography revealed “her uterus and ovaries were absent and a prostate-like structure was seen at the base of her bladder”. A karyotyping test at the National Institute of Immuno-haematology (KEM Hospital) showed she has both “XY” (male and female) chromosomes and opined that she is male.
She was shocked. But she refused to give up. She moved the Bombay HC, saying she had lived as a female right from birth and all her educational certificates and personal documents were registered with a female name. She cannot be denied recruitment only because of the karyotyping (a test to examine chromosomes in sample cells provided) results now and urged the HC to direct the state to issue her an appointment letter.
Her petition said she is the eldest of three children of labourers and detailed her struggle. Through her advocate Vijaykumar Garad, she said she was firm on a police job, even if it meant working in a non-constabulary post. In an earlier hearing, the judges had requested advocate-general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni to consider her case sympathetically. He returned and informed that the state has decided to accommodate her as a special case in a non-constabulary post.
The judges interacted with the woman in chambers on May 6 and learnt that she had excelled academically.

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