Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Transwoman who sought mercy killing urges CM

Chennai: A transwoman, who was denied a job as a cabin crew member in Air India, today petitioned Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to take up her case with the Centre, days after she wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking mercy killing.

Shanavi Ponnuswamy, in a petition submitted to the CM’s Special Cell at the Secretariat, said the state government should take up the matter with the Centre the way it fought for farmers’ issues. “I request the chief minister to urge the Centre to grant me and the larger transgender community our rights,” she said.

Ponnuswamy said the “basic rights”, included those relating to right to education and employment opportunities. Referring to a plea she filed in the Supreme Court last November challenging Air India’s decision of denying her the job, she said she “does not have the wherewithal” to continue to fight the case.

She said it was under these circumstances that she had written to the president, seeking mercy killing. In her letter to the president, Ponnuswamy had claimed that neither Air India nor the Civil Aviation Ministry responded to the apex court’s notice on her petition.
20/02/18 PTI/News Today

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