Maharahtra police grants permission to Lalita Salve for sex change surgery

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared the file from his office on April 18 to allow Beed constable Lalita Salve to undergo the gender reassignment surgery. Salve had earlier met the CM’s and sought his intervention. CM Fadnavis had taken a holistic view of her case.  Lalita was employed as a female cop and was a part Beed’s all-women squad. However, later after she realised about underdeveloped male organs in her body, she applied for a sex change operation

Maharahtra police grants permission to Lalita Salve for sex change surgery

Lalita Salve, a female constable in Maharashtra Police, will now set to undergo a sex change surgery.

Director General of Police (DGP) Maharashtra, has given her the permission to undergo a sex change operation

On Monday, May 21, Lalita received a letter for the DGP officer informing about the permission being granted to her.

Soon, Lalita will come to Mumbai to meet the doctors and will decide the future course of action.

“Finally my endless wait is over; I can now undergo a sex change surgery. Finally, my dream has come true. I was eagerly waiting for this day. I am happy that the police department has considered my request. I have no words to express my feeling,” said Salve

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, over the phone from Beed, Maharashtra, Lalita, could not contain her emotions.

An overjoyed Lalita said, “I am thankful to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, and DGP Satish Mathur for considering my request. My body was telling me that you are a man, and I could understand the signals.  I have spent a lot of years in pain and trauma. Instead of being miserable, I decided I should embrace my true identity. It was then that I appealed to the Director General of Police to grant me leave for the surgery and allow me to resume my duty as a male constable.”

The year 2014 was a turning point for Salve. “My whole life stood still in front of me, when my family started looking for a groom for me. I underwent medical tests and found out that I had significant amount of Y chromosomes in my body. I was surprised to find 46% male chromosomes in my body. Though that moment was very difficult for me, it gave me a validation of what I have been feeling all my life,” Salve said.

Now, Lalita will soon come to Mumbai and meet a doctor to finalise the details before undergoing a sex change operation.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, d G Sreedhar, Beed SP said, “Maharashtra police has granted permission to Lalita Salve to undergo sex change surgery. She is currently on medical leave.”