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After getting HC nod to enroll in NCC, transwoman wants to be an inspiration for all

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Kochi, Mar 18 (PTI) Hina Haneefa, a young transwoman
who secured a historic verdict from the Kerala High Court this
week for her community”s right to join the National Cadet
Corps (NCC), says she wants to be an inspiration for all,
particularly those who are marginalised in society.

Haneefa was born in a Muslim family in Malappuram
district as a brother of three sisters. She faced a lot of
problems after declaring her identity while doing plus-two
course.

Finally, Haneefa, still a practising Muslim but
secular in views, left her family in 2017 to live her real
life.

Three years later, she underwent a sex reassignment
surgery at the age of 20.

Now 22, Haneefa is a first year B.A (History) student
in a college in Thiruvananthapuram under Kerala University.

She is living a happy life with her partner, a
transman, in the state capital.

“I was in the junior level NCC when I was a male
student during my school days. But I faced legal hurdles in
joining the NCC in college as I had undergone sex reassignment
surgery. I was declined admission to the NCC unit on the
ground that there is no provision for enrollment of
transgender students. So, I decided to fight it legally,”
Haneefa told P T I in an interview.

She said that the decision to not grant her admission
was in violation of provisions of the Transgender Persons
(Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

Haneefa, however, said barring the legal hurdles she
did not face any sort of discomfort either from the
authorities of the NCC or from the authorities of the college.

“All of them were very supportive,” she recalled.

In its historic order on March 15, the high court
allowed the petition moved by Haneefa seeking her admission
into the NCC.

“In view of the specific provisions in the 2019 Act by
which a transgender person has a right to be recognised not
only as a transgender but also a right to self-perceived
gender identity, I am of the opinion that the petitioner who
has opted for the female gender and has undergone sex
reassignment surgeries for aiding her self-perception as a
member of the said gender would definitely be entitled to
enrollment in the NCC unit reckoning her as a transgender and
further as a member of her self perceived gender, that is, the
female gender,” Justice Anu Sivaraman said in the order.

Taking note of the pleadings and the materials on
record, the court said that Haneefa is entitled to enrollment
in the NCC senior girls” division and the rejection of the
request of the petitioner for such enrollment is completely
unsustainable.

The court also gave directions to the respondents
including the Central government to amend the enrollment
criteria prescribed under Section 6 of the NCC Act, 1948 to
include transgender community and to provide guidelines for
enrolling transgender persons also in the NCC.

“Appropriate steps shall be taken by the competent
among the respondents without delay, at any rate, within six
months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment,”
said the order dated March 15.

In her plea, Haneefa had submitted that any provisions
of the National Cadet Corps Act, 1948, or the absence of such
provisions in so far as enrollment of transgenders are
concerned, would have to be considered in the light of the
authoritative pronouncement by the Apex Court and the
provisions of the 2019 Act, since the enactment is clearly
intended to do away with the social injustice meted out to
persons like the petitioner and to ensure a life with human
dignity to them.

Elated by the court order, Haneefa said, “I want to
become an inspiration for all.”

“Not only for my community but also for those people
who are sidelined or marginalised due to various reasons. I
want to prove that they can lead a dignified life in this
society. My name should be recorded in history,” she said.

Haneefa also spoke about the difficulties she had
faced from her family but they could be convinced with the
help of counsellors in Kozhikode.

“When I revealed my gender identity, I faced a lot of
issues from my family. I was born as a brother to three
sisters. They all were very upset. They were taken for
counselling in Kozhikode. Now, they have snapped all the ties
with me,” she said.

She said when she left home in 2017, she had decided
not to give up.

Before enrolling for the BA course, she had worked as
a front office assistant at the Gender Park under the Social
Justice Ministry in Thiruvananthapuram.

“The money I had earned from that job is utilised for
my education. Besides, I am also getting a scholarship for
doing my graduation,” she said.

Haneefa said her ambition is to become an IPS officer.

“To achieve that goal, I will join for civil service
coaching next year,” she said.

“If I fail to get a chance in civil service, I will do
hard work to get a posting in top rank in the state police,”
Haneefa said.PTI TGB SS
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