In a major victory for transgender people, decks have been cleared for them to join the police force in Chhattisgarh.

For the first time, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to recruit transgender people in its police force, an ANI report says. This is yet another progressive move in the country to promote gender equality.

Soon after the announcement was made earlier this year, around 40 transgender applicants showed interest in donning the khaki uniform.

Chhattisgarh has become the first Indian state to allow transgender people in the police force.

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The state police have started conducting workshops to facilitate applications from the transgender community.

There would be no difference in following guidelines for recruiting transgender people as the other two genders

“Just like other genders, we too wish to serve for the betterment of our country. We are happy with the decision of the state government and will leave no stone unturned to clear tests,” a transgender person, who is training with other community members in Raipur, said.

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Another aspirant, Sakshi, said, “Earlier we were afraid of the transgender community. We were told to stay away from them. However, now when we got to know them closely, we have realised that they are similar to us.”

The decision of inclusion is praiseworthy as transgender people should have equal rights with other citizens of the country. In 2014, a Supreme Court declared the transgender people as ‘third gender’ in recognition of their state to have equal privilege over the fundamental rights.

Finally, some good news to celebrate gender inclusion!

Feature Image Credit: ANI

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