An Indian Navy sailor who underwent a sex reassignment surgery has been discharged from service recently. It added that the existing service rules and regulations can't allow the sailor to continue his service after the altered gender status, medical condition, and the resultant employability restrictions.
According to a press release by the Indian Navy, Manish Giri had undergone a surgery - a gender reassignment - after which she grown long hair and started wearing sarees and has adopted a new name, sabi.
While the whole world is moving towards development and providing the equal rights to Transgender or transsexual people, the Indian Navy is still abiding by the foregone rules.
Giri, who was posted at a naval facility in Visakhapatnam, is now called Sabi and had undergone the sex change surgery in August at a hospital in Mumbai when he was on leave.
"We have asked the government on the action to be taken by us regarding the sailor as she has spent her own money to change sex", a Navy source told Mail Today.
The sacked sailor underwent the surgery in August a year ago at a hospital in Mumbai while on leave.
"I used to work as an engineer and it required me to be on the ship".
Born in Bihar, Sabi spent most of her childhood in West Bengal and later joined the Navy after Class XII. After the surgery, I was forced to stay away from the ship and work from the base. Why should I be dismissed from service just because I changed my gender? Eventually, she consulted civil doctors in Visakhapatnam. Sabi alleged that she was kept in a psychiatric ward for six months and was "mentally harassed". "How can they say that I am not fit to do a sailor's job?" I have the same rights as other enjoys.
"I served the country for seven years". "I will move the Supreme Court, if required, to fight for my right", Sabi said.