25-year-old transgender K Prithika Yashini becomes India’s first transgender sub-inspector of police

Sandhya Dangwal
Prithika was born and raised as Pradeep Kumar. The 25 year-old computer applications graduate underwent sex change surgery to get the new face of Prithika. She left her parents five year ago and came to Chennai to pursue her career.

Chennai, April 1: In a huge leap for transgender people in India, a 25-year-old K Prithika Yashini has scripted history and has become the first transgender sub-inspector of police.  Yashini became one of the 1,028 trainees of the rank to complete the year-long course at Tamil Nadu Police Academy on Friday and is all set to join the Police force. It was a big day for all the newly designated officers as it was a stepping stone towards their bright career. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami distributed certificates to the sub-inspectors.

Yashini, who relentlessly fought and tried hard to become the country’s first police officer from the transgender community mentioned about the difficulties she faced in life. Born and raised as Pradeep Kumar, 25 year-old computer applications graduate underwent sex change surgery to get the new face of Prithika. Prithika left her parents five year ago and came to Chennai to pursue her career.  In her conversation with the reporters, the 25-year old ambitious individual said she is very happy to complete her training. “Both men and women training to be sub-inspectors were very cooperative, helpful and friendly with me,” she was quoted by TOI.  As per reports,  Yashini fought a long legal battle to write the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board examination and the Madras high court ruled her eligible to be selected as a sub-inspector of police.

 During the function, he urged the state police to be proactive and people-friendly and emphasized on the point to act tough with anti-social elements.  Palaniswami mentioned in his address that the policemen should not be prejudiced in the execution of their duties because only then would members of the public feel free to approach them.

While he distributed the certificates, Palaniswami asked the officials to keep updating their computer and internet skills to combat white collar crimes.  The officials took part in a ceremonial passing out parade at a function held at the academy in Oonamanchery, Vandalur. The Chief Minister said that the police officials should develop both physical and mental strength to be able to counter crime.

The Chief Minister also listed out the welfare measures of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and advised the young police officers to maintain good health, both physical and mental, to effectively tackle difficult situations, a report by TOI stated. Palaniswami said that the Policemen should realise that law is not a weapon, but an effective tool for the safety of people.

In December 2016, India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay resigned after about one-and-a-half years in office. When asked about the sudden resignation, she expressed frustration at “non-cooperation” of a section of teachers and students of her institution. In 2003, Bandopadhyay underwent a gender reassignment surgery and became a woman. After being taunted for being feminine all her life, she was asked to register as a male lecturer when she landed a job at the Vivekananda Centenary College in Jhargram.