The rainbow flag gets its share of the limelight a couple of times a year; stories of Manobi Bandhopadhyay, Madhu Bai Kinnar, Shabnam Mausi and Nitasha Biswas cause ripples in the transgender community; there are talks the world is changing and gender discrimination will be a thing of the past; but the reality is very different.

As this experience from a transgender woman in Tamil Nadu reveals. Many would prefer death to the humiliation and harassment they face.

Born a male, she completed her engineering degree in 2010. She joined Air India as a customer support executive. After working for a year she underwent her surgery and published the change in name and gender in the Gazette of Tamil Nadu.

Her ordeal started soon after. Though she was eligible, Air India rejected her application for the post of a cabin crew. For two years she had been applying only to find her application being turned down.

The reason? She is a transgender. Even getting an answer from Air India was not easy. She had to approach the Supreme Court for Air India and Ministry of Civil Aviation to finally reply.

The woman has now written to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting "mercy killing" as she can't meet her daily expenses. In her letter the woman describes the harrowing time she's going through.

So is Air India going against a Supreme Court order?

Back in April 2014 the apex court had ruled that the transgender community would be recognised as "third gender" in all official documents.

The official recognition would have led to quotas in educational institutions and government jobs. Transgenders form a close to four-lakh member group.

Here's the full text of the letter verbatim. India Today has not edited the letter for grammar or language.

"I am the pettioner who filled a case in supreme court of india for civil aviation and air india denied my candidature because of gender discrimination.

After long struggle I successfully completed my engineering graduation in 2010 and I am the first graduate in my generation. I was working with Air India customer support executive (International) in Sutherland Global Services , Chennai where I have successfully served for 1 year 1 month (13 months) later I undergone to SRS surgery.The procedure of name and gender change published in tamilnadu gazette.

Now from past two years, 4 times I got a call letter for Air India cabin crew -- female post but my name was not in final list .Later i came to know that Air india reserved seats only for female where I cant make cutoff then after long struggle to contact Ministry of civil aviation and Air india replied that as per their recruitment policy they dont have category for 'Transwomen'

Though I have eligibility and experience , more than that citizen of india but denied my basic rights just because of my nature of gender.

So our Supreme court of india takes step on it and asked Air india and Ministry of Civil aviation to respond with in 4 weeks on 6 th nov'17.But till the date there is no response from them and am really facing a survival issue because of denying my basic rights to live in this country.It is clearly understand that indian government not ready to respond on my survival issue and employment question even supreme court order them to response with in 4 weeks on 6th nov'17. And I am not in a condition to pay for my daily food expense so its absolutely not at all possible to manage supreme court case by paying advacates and registrar court and etc.

So here am requesting to you that as am not able to raise in quetion againt ot Air india and Ministry of civil aviation as there is no response from them already ,Kindly do 'MERCY KILLING'.I am proud to die in my indian government hand.

Jaihind

(With inputs from Akshaya Nath in Chennai)