New Delhi (Sputnik) — An Indian court has directed the Indian Navy to assign an alternative job to a transsexual sailor who disclosed having had gender reassignment surgery last month. The Delhi High Court told the Indian Navy that instead of sacking the sailor, the Navy can assign her tasks similar to that assigned to injured pilots of the Indian Air Force.
After being sacked by the Indian Navy, the sailor Manish Giri had petitioned the Delhi High Court to reinstate his job in the Navy. Manish Giri, who has now changed his name to Saba Giri, had claimed that the Navy should not sack her on the basis of the sex-change procedure.
"Here is an opportunity to look at it from a different perspective. It may be a first-of-its-kind situation. Here is a person struggling with gender identity. Had she suppressed the condition and continued, it would have been dangerous. It could have been fatal. Think about it and come back," the court said.
However, the Indian Navy seems reluctant to reinstate Giri into the service.
The Indian Navy has contended that the existing service rules and regulations of the force do not permit the sailor's continued employment owing to his altered gender status, medical condition and "resultant employability restrictions."
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