A 31-year-old Beet Police constable who underwent a sex-change surgery in 2018 recently threw a wedding reception party along with wife seema. Raised as Lalita Kumari Salve, Lalit spent his life as a woman for three decades until 2018 when he finally underwent a genital reconstruction procedure at St George Hospital. On February 16, he tied the knot with Seema Bansode who was equally happy to accept him as her husband.

A resident of Rajegaon village of Majalgaon tehsil of Beed district, Salve had underdeveloped genitalia at the time of his birth. Since then he lived as a woman and was even inducted as a female police constable.

I have always admired him for standing up to society to live life on his terms. Our families had no hesitation when we told them of our intention to get married. Seema, Lalit’s wife.

Key Takeaways:

  • Beet Police Constable Lalit Kumar Salve lived as Lalita Kumari Salve for three decades.
  • Lalita underwent sex-changing surgery in 2018 post which he got inducted as male constable. 
  • Lalit has married 22-year-old Seema Bansode who had been reading about his struggles to have a genital reconstruction procedure.
  • Lalit and Seema got married on February 16 and hosted a wedding reception on 22 February.

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The Struggle To Become Lalit from Lalita

After living three decades as a woman, Lalita started observing changes in her body. In  2014, Lalita underwent a test that revealed the presence of a biological male (Y) chromosome, The Hindu has reported. Subsequently, Lalita submitted an application to the state police department seeking a month’s leave to undergo a sex-changing operation. However, according to India Today, Lalita’s plea was rejected on the ground that the eligibility criteria for male and female constables were different.

Lalita then reportedly approached the Bombay High Court with a plea to direct the Beed DGP to grant the required leave for the operation. The court directed Lalita to Maharashtra Appellate Tribunal (MAT).  Finally in 2018, Lalita was given the green signal for the surgery by the home department and the Superintendent of Police in Beed also granted the required leave.

I have lived the life of a woman and I know what women face when they take bold decisions. My wife has shown immense courage by agreeing to marry me. – Lalit Salve

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The surgery was conducted in three stages, beginning from May 2018, at the state government-run St George Hospital. Post the surgery, he acquired a new identity and rejoined as a male police constable at ‘Shakti-Pathak’, which is a special team responsible for dealing with cases of eve-teasing and ensuring the safety of women.

 Never Imagined A Woman Will Marry Me: Lalit

On February 16 this year, Lalit married Seema Bansode, a distant relative, after they mutually agreed for the alliance.  He never imagined a woman would agree to marry him after knowing his story. “I have lived the life of a woman and I know what women face when they take bold decisions. My wife has shown immense courage by agreeing to marry me,” Lalit told The Hindu.

But Seema had already been following his struggles and decided to marry him the day she saw Lalit at a function.  Reportedly, she even collected the newspaper clippings of his struggles.

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Appreciating the courage and confidence of Lalit, his 22-year-old bride Seema told Mumbai Mirror, “He explained the medical procedure he has undergone. I have always admired him for standing up to society to live life on his terms. Our families had no hesitation when we told them of our intention to get married.”

Picture Credit: The Hindu.

Rudrani Kumari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

 

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