The Navy has sacked a sailor who underwent a sex change surgery last year. The Navy issued the order on the ground that Manish Giri, the sailor had violated rules and regulations under which he was recruited.
The Navy, which served the discharge letter on Giri on Friday, said "he was administratively discharged from service by invoking the clause of 'Service No Longer Required' under the Navy Regulations" after the defence ministry's approval.
Giri, who has grown her hair, taken to wearing saris and goes by the name "Sabi" now, however, says "she will definitely fight for justice" by approaching the courts. "I served the country for seven years. I did my job. Why should I be dismissed from service just because I changed my gender? I am not a thief or a terrorist," said Sabi, talking to TOI on Monday evening.
Claiming that the Navy had kept her in a psychiatric ward for six months, Sabi said, "My altered gender status is who I am, a transgender woman. It is sheer torture and horrible violation of my rights to expect me to remain in my male gender assigned at birth, and not to express my gender identity of woman."