No Police hiring without room for transgender: Bombay High Court

No Police hiring without room for transgender: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court on Thursday warned the Maharastra Government that the state-wide police recruitment process as existing today would not be allowed to proceed if it refuses to provide for the transgender category. The bench of Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja asked the State Government to take a decision by Friday on the issue. While hearing appeals filed by the State Government against the order of Maharastra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for the inclusion of third gender option apart from male and female in the admission form. 

The Court strongly said, "Let the recruitment process be halted till you frame the rules". The Court also said that they are aware of the fact that the State needs police personnel but at the same time it would not tolerate the non-compliance with the Supreme Court order. The bench also strongly remarked that "Because you don't do your work, they come to us. For seven years, your government hasn't done anything on its own."

The Supreme Court in the year 2014, in the judgment of the National Legal Service Authority Judgment, recognized transgender as the third gender and directed the extension of reservations to transgender persons in educational institutions and public employment.

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