Indian Naval Officer discharged from services after sex change

An Indian naval officer who underwent sex change surgery has been discharged from service.The Indian  navy statement said its “rules and regulations do not permit the sailor’s continued employment” because of “irreversible gender reassignment”.

Sabi, formerly Manish Giri, has said that she will appeal to the military court against her sacking.The decision has sparked a debate on transgender rights in India, where it is legally recognised as a third gender.

An Indian Court ruled in 2012 that there was no legal bar to an adult man having a sex change surgery. And in a landmark ruling in 2014, India’s Supreme Court also recognised transgender people as a third gender.

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