Woman cop awaits govt nod for sex-change surgery
Mumbai: A 29-year-old woman police constable from Maharashtra's Beed district, who met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is awaiting the state government's permission to undergo a sex change surgery. Lalita Salve, who now prefers to be called Lalit, had last month sought the chief minister's intervention.
She said her application has been forwarded to the state Director General of Police (DGP).
"I met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on March 21 in connection with my case. He assured me that the matter will be resolved on an urgent basis," Salve, who is posted at the Majalgaon Police Station in Beed said. "I am sure that I will get a positive response from the government," she said. Salve had earlier approached the state police department to allow her leave to undergo the sex-change surgery.
The police department had turned down her plea as the eligibility criteria for men and women constables are different, including height and weight.
In November last year, she had moved the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the Maharashtra DGP to grant her leave to undergo the surgery.
She had sought leave for a month to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, but the request was refused by Beed police authorities, following which she approached the HC.
However, the high court had directed her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal since it was a service matter.
"I have sought permission for the sex change surgery, leave for the procedure and to be in service as a male police constable after the surgery," she said.
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