Inspired by Prathika Yashini, the first transgender to join Tamil Nadu Police as sub-inspector, 24-year-old Durgasri, a transgender hailing from Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, recently appeared for the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services exam.
Durgasri was not accepted by her parents because of her gender so she left the home five years ago. However, she could not keep her love for her parents away.
Determined to fulfill her father’s dream, Durgasri aspires to be a police officer. Her father is suffering from cancer and is not expected to live beyond 2 years.
India Today quotes Durgasri saying:
It was always my father’s dream to see me as a police officer. He was very disappointed to know I am what I am. But still I want to turn his wish to reality. I would even wear mens’ clothes and visit them. I know that once I get selected I might have to go somewhere else for training, but this special place will always be in my memory,
Presently, Durgasri is associated with an NGO which works for transgenders. Ready for a tough road ahead, she is very well aware of the difficulties she might have to face but is not willing to give up.
People like Durgasri serve as a perfect example for the society which is not willing to accept them. At the same time she is an icon for people of her community who often feel dejected or discouraged by the stigma they face and give up on their dreams.