Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis ready to allow cop to undergo sex realignment surgery

The Maharashtra government will permit 28-year-old woman constable Lalita Kumari Salve to take leave to get a sex-realignment surgery done and continue as a ‘policeman’.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told IANS, “Yes, I have requested Director General of Police (Satish Mathur) to consider her case favourably.”

Lalita had joined the Maharashtra Police seven years ago and is currently posted in Beed district. Lalita’s application for permission to continue serving in the police force after the sex-change operation was rejected by the Home Department on November 20. However, Fadnavis spoke to Mathur about this issue on Wednesday and Salve moved the Bombay High Court regarding this on Thursday.

Mirror reported on Wednesday how the entire village had rallied behind Salve in support of the decision for a sex-change operation.

Earlier in the day, Salve moved the Bombay HC seeking direction to the DGP to grant her leave to undergo surgery for sex change. In her 49-page petition, Lalita, who has already changed her name to Lalit Kumar Salve, details the
changes in her body three years ago, following which medical tests showed the increased presence of the Y (male) chromosome. The petition said that Lalita took counseling sessions at the JJ Hospital. “The doctors found that she had gender dysphoria abnormality and advised her to undergo sex reassignment surgery if she was willing to and was of sound mind,” the petition reads.

Lalita’s case sparked a debate with some saying that recruitment parameters differ for men and women and Lalita was recruited according to the quota reserved for women. The parameters, including physical ones, for males differ, affecting how this case played out.

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