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Navy offers job to a transgender ex-sailor in a private company

Navy offered the job to the transgender ex-sailor who was removed from service after she underwent a sex change surgery to become a female

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Wednesday offered a job in a private company, which works for the government, to a ex-sailor who was removed from service after she underwent a surgery to become a female.

The offer was made by the Indian in the Delhi High Court before a bench of Justices G S Sistani and V K Rao.

It said that while there was no job in the naval force for the former sailor, it could facilitate her to get employed as a data entry operator in a private company.

The submission on behalf of the was made by Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain and central government standing counsel Anil Soni.

Senior advocate Anand Grover, appearing for the ex- sailor, said the offered job paid much less than what his client was getting while being on the rolls of the

The senior lawyer said he would need to speak to his client on whether to accept the offer, which he termed unfair.

The bench thereafter listed the matter for hearing on December 15 by when the stand of the former sailor has to be indicated.

The court was hearing the ex-sailor's plea challenging an October 6 order of the removing her from service.

She had claimed that she was suffering from identity issues since 2011 and, when she had told her parents, they forced her to marry a woman.

She further claimed that she was absent from service without leave several times as she suffered from bouts of depression, owing to her identity issues.

The court had on the last date of hearing called for a change in mindset while asking the to consider her for another job.

It had said that while the person deserved to be punished for indiscipline for being absent without leave, but where there was a medical condition of this sort, it may be seen from a different perspective.

The bench was also of the view that the petitioner who was posted onboard INS Eksila at Visakhapatnam, could give up the claim for the job of a sailor and may accept a clerical position so that the family, comprising aged parents, the individual's wife and child, need not suffer.

The had removed her from service as women cannot be employed as sailors.

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 21:05 IST