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Tharika Banu became the first transgender in Tamil Nadu to clear class 12 exams

Webdesk | Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:09 AM IST

Tharika Banu became the first transgender in Tamil Nadu to clear class 12 exams

It was a major victory for the transgender community across the country after Tharika Banu became the first transgender from Tamil Nadu to pass the Class 12 examinations in the science stream.
Tharika appealed to the state government to make sure that transgender community continues their studies. She did her schooling from Kamarajar Girls higher secondary School in Chennai.

she wanted to become a doctor. 'After a long struggle I was able to join school. Many have helped for my studies,' Tharika added. transgender activist Grace Banu, who adopted Tharika two years ago, that she managed to complete her school education. 'My aim is to make her a doctor,' Grace said.

Thanking the education system Tharika's Head Mistress, M Mary said, 'We gave her counseling and sufficient arrangements. Because of that she has passed today'. The transgender community is the least represented group in the public discourse and they continue to live with societal stigma and discrimination. Thus providing them with educational opportunities will open will be a step towards bringing them in a more integrated society