New Delhi, Feb 26: In what can be called as a watershed to mainstream the transgender people, Chhattisgarh police has decided to recruit and deploy them to combat Maoist extremists whenever needed. The decision has been taken following an advertisement by state government in which it had announced the recruitment of transgenders in police force. Also Read - Tuticorin Custodial Deaths: RJ Suchi Told by Tamil Nadu Police to Remove Video Demanding Justice For Jayaraj-Fenix
According to a report of Times of India, the police have seen 40 transgenders applying for the post of constable, two weeks after the announcement. Authorities have initiated the process to fill up 2,254 posts of constables in all categories. Also Read - Watch: Pregnant Woman Taken to Hospital in Makeshift Basket in Chhattisgarh As Ambulance Fails to Reach Village
Speaking to the daily, a police spokesperson said that workshops have been conducted to facilitate applications from transgenders. The applicants would be recruited only if they pass the mandatory written exam and physical test. Also Read - Twitter Left in Jitters as Heartwrenching Video of Kashmiri Kid Crying Over His Dead Grandfather After Sopore Terror Attack Goes Viral
The transgender community of Chhattisgarh comes under the other backward class (OBC) category which guarantees 14% reservation in education and government jobs. If reports are to be believed, the applicants can avail themselves of the reservation.
Last year, three transgenders officially joined the Tamil Nadu police force. Dhakshayini of Cuddalore, Prabha Mohan of Krishnagiri and Jagadeeswaran alias Nazriya of Ramanathapuram were recruited after TN Police started the process of including the third gender into the force.