Supreme Court has paved the way to bring the transgender in national mainstream. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on April 15, granted legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender and directed the Centre and all states to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes to extend reservation in admission in educational institutions and for public appointments. (IE Photo: Kevin Dsouza)
Paving the way to bring the transgender in national mainstream, the apex court directed governments to take steps to remove problems faced by them such as fear, shame, social pressure, depression, and social stigma.
Restroom for transgenders at the office of the HIV/Aids Aaliance in Zamrudpur, South Delhi. (IE Photo: Renuka Puri)
Transgenders too have welcomed the Supreme Court judgement recognising transgenders as "the third gender". Talking to reporters Akuti Patel and Manvi Vaishnavi working for a Vadodara-based NGO called Lakshya which works for transgenders described it as a landmark judgement. (IE Photo: Pradeep Kochrekar)
"We hope that the Centre will now treat us as socially and economically backward and consider us as OBCs for jobs," Patel said.
Transgenders celebrate after the SC verdict. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikri held that discrimination faced by transgenders,also known as Hijras, eunuchs, Kothis, Aravanis, Jogappas, Shiv-Shakthis etc, is "unimaginable" and their rights have to be protected as they are citizens of the country and having all rights under the Constitution like the male or the female have.
Laxmi Narayan celebrates SC verdict. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)
"Discrimination faced by this group in our society, is rather unimaginable and their rights have to be protected, irrespective of chromosomal sex, genitals, assigned birth sex, or implied gender role," it said. (IE Photo: Renuka Puri)