Will move SC for my rights: Discharged sailor who had a sex-change surgery

Vastavam web: An Indian Navy sailor who underwent a sex reassignment surgery has been discharged from service recently. Ever since the news came out in the open, it has triggered a debate over naval rules and transgender rights in India. A press release by the Indian Navy said that the sailor, who now goes by the name Sabi, decided to undergo the surgery “on his [her] own accord, whilst on leave willfully altering his [her] gender status”. Born as Manish Kumar Giri, Sabi joined the Marine Engineering department of the Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam some seven years ago.

A few months ago, she underwent a sex re-assignment operation in Delhi.The Navy was not aware of her surgery, until she returned after a 22-day long vacation and fell ill with a urinary track infection. In August, the process for her discharge from service was initiated, and the case has now been taken up with the Ministry of Defense.

However, she did point out that it is “sad and worrying that a ‘man’ the Indian Navy deemed fit for the job of being a sailor has suddenly been declared unfit because of an organ change,”. Sabi had earlier hailed the Indian Navy and its “liberal policy” giving her an alternative deployment in the service.