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Transgender writes to Prez seeking 'mercy killing' after Air

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A has written to seeking mercy killing after being denied a job as a cabin crew member in Air

In November last year, had moved the challenging Air India's decision to deny her a job as a cabin crew member. The apex court had issued a notice and sought responses from Air and the Civil Aviation Ministry in four weeks.

In her letter to the President, Ponnuswamy has claimed that neither Air nor the have responded to the Supreme Court's notice.

She writes in the letter that in the absence of a job she cannot make her ends meet and, therefore, is requesting mercy killing.

"It is clear that (is) not ready to respond on my survival issue and employment question (sic). And, I am not in a condition to pay for my daily food expenses. So, it's not at all possible to manage case by paying advocates etc," states the letter posted on a page called 'Trans Rights Now Collective'.

In her letter, she claims that she has been denied her basic rights because of her gender.

Ponnuswamy writes that she had been employed with Air India as a for a year. Later, she underwent a surgery for gender change.

Following which she applied four times over a period of two years but while she got a "call letter" for the post of female cabin crew she was never offered the job.

She states that after several attempts to contact the and Air India, she was informed that as per the carrier's recruitment policy they do not have a category for 'transwomen'.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:50 IST