Sathyasri Sharmila has become the first transgender lawyer in India to achieve the milestone from amongst the minority community of our country. Sharmila, who hails from Tamil Nadu, did not have an easy journey, as she was subject to torture and abuse on account of her gender.
"Today, I enrolled my name in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and became the first transgender lawyer in India. I have struggled a lot in my life,"
Born as Udhayakumar, Sharmila walked out of her home at the age of 18, after her neighbours began ill-treating her. She then changed her name to Sathyasri Sharmila, and completed her B.Com (Company Secretaryship) from Paramakudi. Wanting to help her community in any way possible, she decided to take law thereafter.
She joined the Bachelors of Law course in Salem Government College in 2004, and successfully completed the course in 2007. The journey, of course, was riddled with hurdles. she couldn’t stay in the college hostel because she could not live with men, as she identified herself as a woman, and neither could she live with the girls, as she had enrolled as a man.
“I was still not confident about the treatment meted out to the transgender community in the society. But I believe things are gradually changing for us. We are beginning to be recognised after the Supreme Court registered us as third genders in 2014. Therefore, I thought the time has come to register myself as a lawyer. Serving the community is my priority now.”