New Delhi, Feb 14: Shanavi Ponnusamy ticks all the criteria boxes needed for one to get a job as cabin crew member of an airline, however, state-owned carrier Air India refused her an opportunity to work with them. Reason: Shanavi is a transgender.
Shanavi, who hails from Tiruchendur in Thoothukkudi district of Tamil Nadu, has now written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking permission to kill herself. “They said we do not have category for trans-women. I have qualification and experience, is it about my gender? Now if I live or die, it is in hands of President,” she told news agency ANI.
Shanavi was disappointed by Air India’s refusal that she didn’t apply to work with any of the other private airlines operating in the country. “I did not try for another airline because if government airline says there is no category for you, what can we expect from private airlines,” she said.
There has been no official word from Air India over why Shanavi’s candidature was rejected four times.
Shanavi, who has also worked as a model, an actor, has a BTech degree in Electronics and Communication, a report The News Minute said. She had applied for a cabin crew post in Air India for the first time in 2016. A senior officer working in the Civil Aviation Ministry had tried to help Shanavi to get the job but to no avail.
She approached the Supreme Court against the alleged discrimination in 2017. Her petition is still pending in the apex court.