Transgender Woman Moves SC Over Job Refusal By Air India
What do the two parties say?
According to Air India’s affidavit, “She has filed this writ petition with a malicious intent to arm twist us and gain forceful employment which she was otherwise unable to achieve on the basis of merit.”
Shanavi said there was no option to apply as a transgender. She said that even though it was Air India’s policy not to give job to transgenders, the things should have changed after the 2014 SC judgment in the NALSA case.
The third gender
SC’s judgment had recognized the rights of transgenders as a third gender. The April 2014 ruling gave them legal rights as well as ordered reservation in jobs for them.
In the judgment, SC had said, “The right to choose one’s gender identity is an essential part to lead a life with dignity which again falls under the ambit of Article 21.”
Shanavi also quoted the civil aviation ministry who said that “transgender category does not exist in the recruitment policy and as such her case is closed”.
Senior advocate Anand Grover and Sunil Fernandes are handling Shanavi’s case.
“We will soon amend our petition to challenge Air India’s PT and GD rules which are discriminatory against transgender,” said Grover.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv