Tharika Banu: India’s first transgender medical student


Tharika Banu who now is first transgender student of India, was earlier denied medical seat by Tamil Nadu Government. Although there is separate quota for third gender for medical seats.

Tharika Banu fought relentlessly for justice and Tharika’s caretaker mother, adocate Sanjeev Kumar, Communist Solomon Pathipoornam and H. Sudharshan helped her in her cause. she is now first transgender medical student of India.

Tharika Banu India's first transgender medical student

Tarika Banu comes from a poor background. She after completing her plus one studies left her house due to the various problems. She was then rescued by transgender activist Grace Banu who supported her surgical procedures.

Tharika Banu: India’s first transgender medical student

She scored 537 marks in plus 2 and applied for Siddha Medical College but college denied her seat on the grounds she needed to have 50% marks. Tarika with the support of filed a complaint against school citing that, being a member of third gender she should be awarded a seat as there is special quota for the third gender seats. Court ruled in favor of Tharika and she went on to become first transgender medical student of India.

Madras High court have now directed Tamil Nadu govt. to allot a seat to Tharika in Siddha college in a week’s time. Justice N Kirubakaran also urged that all educational institutions should earmark a particular number of seats to the transgender community.



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