Indian Navy dismisses sailor for undergoing irreversible gender re-assignment

Navy sacks sailor for undergoing sex change

Indian Navy sailor in Vizag sacked for undergoing gender reassignment surgery

In less occurring event, the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces has fired a sailor for sex change change surgery on 9th October.

A press release from the Press Information Bureau's Defence Wing read that the Navy has discharged the sailor "evoking the clause of Service No Longer Required under the Navy Regulations".

It has sparked a debate on transgender rights in India, where it is legally recognised as a third gender. Currently, transgenders or transsexual people are not allowed to join the armed forces. The sacked sailor had undergone the surgery in August past year at a hospital in Mumbai while on leave.

When she returned to work, she alleged that she was confined to a psychiatric ward for almost five months.

The Indian navy has not yet responded to the allegations, and has declined to comment when contacted by the BBC. "How can they discharge me ... just because I underwent a sex change surgery?" she asked.

He as an individual chose to change the gender wilfuly from the one at the time of induction. this is regarded as a breach in the Recruitment Regulations and eligibility criteria for his employment as a Sailor in the Indian Navy.

She underwent sex re-assignment operation in Delhi a few months ago. Sabi said she is ready to move Supreme Court if the need be to fight for her rights and is also considering writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking justice.

According to a 153-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an "unnatural offence" and punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Giri was posted at a naval facility in Visakhapatnam.

Earlier when she was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, she had tried to seek help from the naval doctors, but alleges no help. After she resumed duties, her gender change status came to light only after Sabi developed a urinary tract infection.

Narrating her ordeal, she told TNM, "Maybe they were trying to find a reason to fire me by proving that I was mentally unstable". This forced her to consult civil doctors in Visakhapatnam, she added.

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