The irony is that a few years ago, before transgenders were given a legal identity, the same police routinely rounded them up and arrested them.It's a mark of a change, and a pretty big one at that.It's a new barrier broken for the LGBT community and one more chink in the glass ceiling.For the first time ever, a transgender person has been inducted in the police force as an officer in Chennai.The Madras high court on Thursday declared that she was entitled to be appointed sub-inspector of police.
Commending additional advocate general of Tamil Nadu P H Arvindh Pandian for his fair stand on the issue and Yashini's counsel Bhavani Subbarayan, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana hoped that Yashini would carry out the duties of a police officer with "dedication and commitment to advance the cause of other transgenders." The judges who helped her clear all hurdles on the way, said: "The social impact of such recruitment cannot be lost sight of, as it would give strength to the case of transgenders.
Yashini must reach the finish line, and not be stopped and disqualified in the middle." Yashini was born K Pradeep Kumar and remained a male till she completed her post-graduate diploma in computer application from Bharathiar University.