CHENNAI: Journalist and TV host Apsara Reddy was prevented from entering a warship stationed at Chennai port on Sunday as a security officer at the entrance said “no transgenders” were allowed into the ship. It is not yet clear to which of the security forces does the ship belongs to.
“Our car entered gate number 7 and we were treated very well by the CISF officers. In front of the ship, an officer named Shubh stopped me and said I can’t enter. When I asked why, he rudely said transgenders are not allowed into the ship…I didn’t say anything. I just said thank you and left,” Apsara Reddy told.
She wrote on Facebook, “Was invited for dinner onto a warship by a friend. She had it all planned. My ID says female but the marine Shubh says “no transgenders” at the entrance. I didn’t want to fight and make a scene. But is this how our “forces” deal with diversity and difference?”
Reddy feels that she was stopped to embarrass her. She also had an invite for the dinner.
She also said that she will be writing about this to the human right commissions over the behaviour of two officers, Shubh and Ajay.
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