Thursday, June 6, 2013

JJ seeks more time to fix gender of cop candidate

Mateen Hafeez & Sumitra Deb Roy TNN

Mumbai: A constable candidate’s gender remains a puzzle despite four different tests at JJ Hospital, which on Wednesday sought a day more to conduct a new test. 

    “We have got an interim report from the hospital authorities, but it does not clarify anything,” additional commissioner of police (armed forces) Vijay Chavan said. The officer is in-charge of police recruitments in the city.   The 18-year-old “woman” candidate, Radhika (name changed), was found to possess neither male nor female reproductive organs when she came to the city last week to submit documents required to appear for the city
police constable exams. “So far, four different tests have been conducted on Radhika,” Chavan said. JJ Hospital dean Dr T P Lahane said a detailed physical examination carried out on Wednesday could not bring any clarity to the case. 

    “She will be undergoing some more tests, including ultrasonography on Thursday,” he said. “The case has already been referred to the gynaecology department.”   An expert from the hospital said that apart from ultrasonography and X-ray examinations, chromosomal tests can also be done to determine the gender of an individual.  “Since the doctors have sought one more day for tests, we will wait to get the report before taking a decision,” a police officer said.

    Radhika hails from Kopargaon taluka in Ahmednagar and all her documents state her gender as female.

POLICE DILEMMA The city police do not have a transgender category for recruitment in the force
Police sources said Radhika was asked to undergo a gender test as recruitment forms have only male or female category
A woman sub-inspector had noticed Radhika in the line for women constable candidates and found her features ‘male’
A preliminary examination by the sub-inspector revealed Radhika had neither male nor female reproductive organs 
 The Times of India, June 6, 2013

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