Indian Navy sailor, who was discharged from service for undergoing a sex
change surgery, said she would move the Supreme Court against the decision.
Manish Kumar Giri, who has since changed her name to Sabi, told some TV
channels she would fight for justice and also write to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi in this regard.
I remain the same old person with same efficiency. How can they discharge
me ... just because I underwent a sex change surgery?” she asked. “I will move
the Supreme Court, if required, to fight for my right,” Sabi said, adding she
was seeking legal counsel in this regard.
The Indian Navy in a statement issued on October 9 said Giri had been
discharged under the clause “Service No Longer Required” under the force’s
regulations. “The individual chose to undergo irreversible gender re-assignment
on his own accord, whilst on leave wilfully altering his gender status from the
one he was recruited for at the time of his induction,” it had said.
Sabi, who was earlier serving with the marine engineering wing at the
Eastern Naval Command here, moved to the administrative wing after sex
reassignment surgery. The sacked sailor had undergone the surgery in August
last year at a hospital in Mumbai while on leave.
I used to work on the ship. After the surgery, I was forced to stay away
from the ship and work from the base. “It is sad and worrying that I was found
unfit to be a sailor just because of sex change,” she lamented.