The First Transgender Officer In Rajasthan, Ganga Kumari, Tells Us How She Is Preparing For A Job
- IWB Post
- November 14, 2017
“I am disheartened that I could not become the first transgender police officer. I had been dreaming of this big day for the last four years.” ~ Ganga Kumari in an interview with us in April 2017.
“I am very happy that my long struggle has finally come to an end, but I will always miss being the first transgender in a state police force.” ~ Ganga Kumari in November 2017.
The Rajasthan Police has finally appointed its first transgender constable after orders from Rajasthan High Court.
Such is the power of dream and determination. Ganga Kumari may not have been the first transgender to join the police department in the country but is the first from Rajasthan and third in the country.
Read our quick chat with Ganga.
Was it your childhood dream to become a police officer?
Oh yes! I have been dreaming of joining the police department since I was in 10th standard. I appeared for the exam first in 2011 and could not pass. Later in 2013, the state police advertised for recruitment of 12,178 constables. I applied again then. The results for this came in 2014 and selection happened in December 2015.
But, I wasn’t selected. I am disheartened that I could not become the first transgender police officer. I had been dreaming of this big day for the last four years.
This has not been an overnight accomplishment for Kumari. She has practiced day and night to get herself enrolled – physically, mentally and emotionally.
One daily routine that prepares you for the job?
I run for 4 km every morning and practice yoga too!
How do you emotionally and mentally prepare yourself for the job?
Though I have heard of several harassment cases against my LGBTQ friends, I am fortunate that I personally haven’t experienced any. Abhi tak acha hua hai toh aage bhi acha hoga, aisa sochti hu mai. Baaki toh job par seekh hi jaate hai.