Woman Constable Moves Bombay High Court After Maharshtra Police Turns Down Her Application to Undergo Sex Realignment Surgery
Mumbai, Nov 18: A 29-year-old woman constable in the Beed district has approached the Bombay High Court after the Maharashtra Police turned down her plea to undergo sex realignment surgery (SRS).
If reports are to be believed, the woman who has been serving in the police force since 2010 decided to undergo sex change surgery after she felt more connected with the masculine gender due to what she describes as hormonal imbalances.
The woman wrote to her seniors seeking permission for a sex realignment surgery but her application was allegedly rejected by Beed and Maharashtra police top officials.
Talking to Indian Express, Additional Director General of Police, (Establishments) Rajendra Singh said,”While I won’t be divulging our decision, at this point, I can only confirm that we have communicated our decision to the SP and the same would be told to the applicant.”
Her lawyer Ejaz Naqvi claims that on diagnosis and medical consultation at the Sir JJ hospital in Mumbai, she was told that her hormonal imbalances is incurable and thus she was advised to undergo plastic surgery or sexual reassignment.
The lawyer appealed to the authorities to allow her to undergo the surgery saying that his client’s human rights are at stake. He says he is seeking necessary orders as per Maharashtra Police Rules ensuring the cop right to equality and life.
“The family stands by her decision to undergo the surgery. We want the government and the police to have a more humane approach and not only grant her leave but also allow her to retain the job post surgery,” the lawyer asserted.