Reservation for Transgender persons to be provided in State Police Constable recruitment: State Government informs Karnataka HC
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Reservation for Transgender persons to be provided in State Police Constable recruitment: State Government informs Karnataka HC

The Court was dealing with a plea challenging a recruitment notification that is stated to have completely left out the ‘third gender’ category and restricted applications to the binary of 'male' and 'female' gender.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The State Government today informed the Karnataka High Court that as a matter of policy, reservation will have to be provided for members of the transgender community in State Police recruitment.

However, several details such as the percentage of the reservation to be provided have to be worked out, the Court was told.

This submission was made by the State before the Court while it was dealing with a plea challenging a State government notification pertaining to Police Constable recruitment on grounds that it did not include a separate category for transgender persons on par with 'men' and 'women' [Sangama V State of Karnataka].

The State has sought two weeks time to file its response in the matter. Acceeding to this request, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna has posted the matter for hearing on August 4.

During the hearing, the State also referred to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019, while making its submissions.

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