In what could serve as an inspiration for others of her ilk, a young transgender, Swapna, has cleared this year’s Group IV examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC), the results of which were declared a week ago.
Swapna, incidentally, had successfully moved the Madras High Court recently seeking permission to write the TNPSC Group II exam as a ‘woman’ candidate.
“I came to know about my selection only after I received the appointment letter as a typist a day ago,” Swapna told Express on Saturday. “This certainly gives me economical independence. Now I will focus on preparation for the civil service exam,” she said.
Swapna was also confident that she would clear the Group II examination which she wrote recently.
“I appeared for the Group IV examination only as a woman candidate. But only when my application for the UPSC main examination was rejected, I realised that transgenders are not allowed to apply under the ‘woman’ category,” said Swapna. Hence she had moved the court.
Swapna has been in the forefront of various agitations during the past year to get the official sanction for transgenders to appear for the examination as ‘woman’ candidates. “I am confident many of the transgenders will follow me (into government services),” she said.
Swapna has overcome lot of difficulties to reach this stage. Her family members had deserted her once they came to know about her identity as a transgender.
“Though I scored 1021 marks in the class XII examination and received `20,000 cash award for securing third place in Tamil subject in the district, my family members started ill-treating me,” she said.
Later, she discontinued college and escaped to Mumbai. After she returned to Madurai in 2012, she rented a house near Thiruparankundram and stayed with friends. She then joined a BA Tamil correspondence degree course. Earlier, the then Madurai Collector U Sagayam had encouraged her to prepare for the civil service exam.