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Maharashtra woman constable gets state govt’s nod for sex-change surgery

29-year-old Lalita Salve from Beed district got the go-ahead after months of wait

mumbai Updated: May 22, 2018 15:41 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Maharashtra woman constable,nod for sex-change surgery,Constable Lalita Salve
29-year-old Lalita Salve.(Satish Bate/HTFile Photo)

A 29-year-old woman police constable from Maharashtra’s Beed district has got the go-ahead from authorities to undergo a sex change surgery.

“We received permission from the higher-ups recently. Accordingly, it has been conveyed to her,” Beed superintendent of police G Sreedhar told PTI.

Constable Lalita Salve, who prefers to be called Lalit, had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in March in this regard and was awaiting the state government’s permission to undergo the surgery.

She had also sent an application to the state Director General of Police (DGP), requesting for permission.

“I met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on March 21 in connection with my case. He assured me that the matter will be resolved on an urgent basis,” Salve, who is posted at Majalgaon police station in Beed, said.

Salve had earlier approached the state police department to allow her leave to undergo the sex-change surgery. The department had turned down her plea as the eligibility criteria for men and women constables are different, including height and weight.

“I sought permission for the sex-change surgery, leave for the procedure and expressed my desire to be in the service as a male police constable after surgery,” she had said.

In November 2017, she had moved Bombay high court seeking direction to the DGP to grant her leave to undergo the surgery. She had sought leave for a month to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, but the request was refused by Beed police authorities, following which she approached court. The high court, however, directed her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal as it was a service matter.

Salve had consulted doctors at the state-run J J hospital in Mumbai for the sex reassignment surgery.

Born in June 1988, salve noticed changes in her body about four years ago and underwent medical tests, which confirmed the presence of the Y chromosome in her body, as per her petition filed in court. While men have X and Y sex chromosomes, women have two X chromosomes. Doctors had said she had gender dysphoria and advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery.

First Published: May 22, 2018 11:00 IST