‘AI de­nied trans­gen­der her rights’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Back­ing Shanavi Pon­nuswamy, the trans­gen­der who was de­nied a job by na­tional car­rier Air In­dia and who has since pe­ti­tioned Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind for mercy killing, Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Women (NFIW) asked the Cen­tre to amend re­cruit­ment poli­cies to make it more in­clu­sive.

NFIW sec­re­tary An­nie Raja re­ferred to Air In­dia’s de­nial of job to Pon­nuswamy as “de­nial of her con­sti­tu­tional right”. “It is an irony that on the one hand the BJP-led NDA is claim­ing to bring a pro­gres­sive bill for the wel­fare of trans­gen­der com­mu­nity, and on the other hand, the na­tional car­rier it­self works against the Con­sti­tu­tion,” Raja said on Wed­nes­day.

Air In­dia re­port­edly de­nied a job to Pon­nuswamy on the ground that the car­rier's re­cruit­ment pol­icy did not have a cat­e­gory for “trans women”. De­mand­ing that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment look into the mat­ter and en­sure Pon­nuswamy got her rights, NFIW also sought a change in re­cruit­ment pol­icy to make it more in­clu­sive of trans­gen­der per­sons.

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