In a move hailed by trans rights activists, the Chhattisgarh Police recruited 13 transgender people as constables across four districts in the state. Out of the 13 third gender recruits, 9 were selected from Raipur alone.
Only two other states in India, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, have recruited transgender people in the police forces.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel tweeted congratulating the selected candidates and wished them luck. The Chhattisgarh government was the first state to conduct workshops to train transgender people and take in applications.
The apex court in 2014 recognised the transgender community as the third gender and ruled that they too have fundamental rights.