Meet Ganga Kumari, The First Transgender Constable of Rajasthan Police

Rajasthan Police appointed transgender Ganga Kumari as constable after the state’s high court’s direction. Constable Ganga Kumari is Rajasthan’s first eunuch police constable. Ganga Kumari was denied permission to join Rajasthan Police as a constable in December 2015 after doctors discovered during the medical examination that she was a hermaphrodite – commonly known as transgender.

Ganga Kumari, who hails from Raniwara in Jalore district of Rajasthan, was selected in the police recruitment examination, conducted for 11,400 vacancies of constables in 2013. After the police department halted her appointment, she moved the high court stating that despite being eligible, the Jalore police refused to appoint her as constable.

“But given the rules for an appointment, the department was in confusion, and in spite of passing the examination, Kumari was not appointed as constable,” Ganga Kumari’s counsel Rituraj Singh was quoted as saying. The Jalore police had sent her case to Jodhpur range IGP, who further sent it to the police headquarters in July 2015. The police department then transferred the file to the home department, where it has been lying stuck since.

The Rajasthan High Court, however, on Monday directed the police department to appoint Ganga Kumari as constable. Justice Dinesh Mehta termed the case of “gender bias” and asked the force to provide her appointment in six weeks from the date of order along with the notional benefits from the year 2015.

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court, in April 2015, acknowledged a third gender that is neither male nor female and asked the government to ensure that transgenders get reservations in educational institutions, jobs and facilities including a voter card, passport and driving licence.

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