Chhattisgarh police hire 13 transgender constables in four districts of the state 

Till now, only two transgender police officers were recruited in India — one was from Tamil Nadu and the other was from Rajasthan. Recently even the Bihar government has decided to recruit transgenders to the police force.

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A piece of good news is coming in from the state of Chhattisgarh. The state police recruited 13 transgenders as constables in four districts of Chhattisgarh. A senior police official has confirmed the news after the Chhattisgarh Constable Recruitment examination results for the year 2019-20 came out on Monday.

Reportedly, out of 13, nine were recruited from the Raipur range and 20 people had appeared for the exam.

In a statement, Director General of Police, Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi said that the results of the constable recruitment examination are out and they have recruited transgender people as constable for the first time. He also personally congratulated them. 

Till now, only two transgender police officers were recruited in India — one was from Tamil Nadu and the other was from Rajasthan. Recently even the Bihar government has decided to recruit transgenders to the police force.

Sharing the joy, the selected candidates called it the biggest day of their lives.  As reported in Hindustan Times, one of the selected transgender candidates Krishna Tandi said, "I am very happy today, I have no words to express my happiness. I and all my colleagues worked very hard for this exam". Another candidate Komal Sahu mentioned, “I never thought that I would get the job of respect but it happened".

In 2017, the Chhattisgarh police decided to include the third gender in their recruitment exam. The examination was conducted in 2019-20. A total of 2038 constables was recruited in the state which included 1736 male, 289 female and 13 transgender people.

Back in 2014, the Supreme Court recognised the transgender community as a third gender along with male and female and directed that they have equal privilege over fundamental rights.