Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Humiliated over gender test, aspiring cop returns to village

The TOI report on June 6

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Fed up with a series of medical tests to determine her gender, Radhika (name changed), an aspiring constable, has left for her village in Ahmednagar district. Now 18, Radhika had applied for the police constable post but the authorities referred her case to JJ Hospital for medical tests to determine her gender.
    From Kopargaon taluka in Maharashtra, Radhika wanted to become a policewoman. But while submitting her documents at the Naigaum police grounds, she was told by the authorities to undergo a medical test.   Policemen found her facial features resembled a male. An examination by a female sub-inspector showed that Radhika had neither male nor female organs.
    The city police have only two categories to induct personnel: male and female. There is no ‘others’ option. The 5.8 feet tall Radhika’s birth certificate, ration card, election card, photo identity proof and class XII marksheet state she is a female.

    JJ Hospital dean Dr T P Lahane said there was no clarity after a detailed physical examination was carried out on Radhika last Wednesday. “We told the police authorities to carry out six more
tests, but they did not bring her for the tests. We have given them an interim report,” said Lahane. 

    Additional police commissioner Vijay Chavan, incharge of recruitment, said, “I have sent a reminder to the doctors that the report should be submitted before June 24 as the women constable candidates’ physical exam will begin that day. But the candidate has not yet turned up. We sent her father a reminder but there was no reply. We will contact her again.”
    Dr Sita Tilwani, unit chief of Grant Medical College, who has treated such cases, wrote to police chief Satya Pal Singh that there were international guidelines to deal with such cases. “Such people must be treated with utmost care as both the person and situation are sensitive and delicate,” the letter stated.

The Times of India, June 11, 2013

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