Journalist Apsara Reddy denied entry in warship citing 'no transgender' rule

A security officer at the entrance prevented Reddy from entering and said \"no transgenders\" were allowed into the ship.

Published: 18th July 2016 12:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2016 02:40 PM   |  A+A-


Apsara Reddy. (EPS)

CHENNAI: Journalist and TV host Apsara Reddy was prevented from entering a warship stationed at Chennai port on Sunday as a security officer at the entrance said "no transgenders" were allowed into the ship. It is not yet clear to which of the security forces does the ship belongs to.

"Our car entered gate number 7 and we were treated very well by the CISF officers. In front of the ship, an officer named Shubh stopped me and said I can't enter. When I asked why, he rudely said transgenders are not allowed into the ship...I didn't say anything. I just said thank you and left," Apsara Reddy told Express.

She said she was taken by her friend to the ship on invitation for a dinner. Despite having a proper invite, she was stopped by the officers.

"They noticed me at entrance of the port itself. I think they decided to embarrass me and did this to me as I was about the enter the ship," she said.

After posting about the incident in social media, Apsara Reddy said she will write to the human rights commission and the Union Government over the behaviour of the two officers, whom she identified as Shubh and Ajay.

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