Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery successful; He will resume his duty shortly

Lalit (formerly known as Lalita) will take nearly a year and a half to complete all surgeries


On Tuesday, Beed police constable Lalita Salve who underwent the first round of genital reconstructive surgery was discharged. He will now resume his duty, said elated Lalit to Mumbai Live. He was admitted to St George’s Hospital on May 22, 2018, for sex reassignment surgery. 

On May 25, 2018, the first round of the three-hour surgery was performed where doctors at St. George’s Hospital initiated the process to elongate Salve’s urethra by creating a tissue conduit.

I am so happy now. Because of this surgery, I got a new life. Now, as I have got my identity, I am content,” Lalit Salve.

As per Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, medical superintendent, Lalit will take nearly a year and a half to complete all surgeries.

Lalit is healthy and needs seven days rest. But seeing his dedication towards his work, we gave him permission to resume his duty,” Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent, St. George Hospital.

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Constable Lalita Salve (now known as Lalit Salve) underwent a medical test in 2014 where it was confirmed that her body possessed male genes. She underwent a test in 2016 at J J Hospital where she was suggested that she should change her sex. Following which, she sought leave in July 2017 but was denied the same. Then she moved to Bombay High Court but her petition was dismissed.

Finally, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis intervened and asked the director-general of police to handle Lalita's case as an exception and retain her service as a male constable after the sex-change surgery. 

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