Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

Read more

REPORTERS

The booming business of cannabis in Spain

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

Read more

#TECH 24

How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

Read more

REVISITED

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

Read more

Asia-pacific

India's Supreme Court establishes third gender category

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-15

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, paving the way for people to identify themselves as transgendered on official documents.

The Supreme Court directed federal and state governments to include transgendered people in all welfare programmes for the poor – including education, healthcare and jobs – to help them overcome systemic social and economic challenges.

Before Tuesday’s judgment, transgendered Indians had to identify themselves officially as male or female.

The court noted that it was the right of every human being to choose their gender, while specifically granting rights to those who choose to identify themselves as neither male nor female.

“All documents will now have a third category marked ‘transgender’. This verdict has come as a great relief for all of us. Today I am proud to be an Indian,” said Laxmi Tripathi, a transgender activist who had petitioned the court.

The court’s decision will apply to individuals who have the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or who present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.

“The spirit of the Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender,” the court said in its ruling.

India’s Election Commission recently began allowing a third gender choice – that of “other” – on voter registration forms. The change was made in time for the national elections currently being held in phases that will continue through May 12.

Some 28,000 voters have since registered themselves under the third category. Overall, there are an estimated three million transgender people in India.

Many transgendered men in India earn a living by singing and dancing at weddings and births, but others must resort to begging or prostitution.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

 

Date created : 2014-04-15

  • UGANDA

    Ugandan tabloid publishes list of 'top' homosexuals

    Read more

  • USA

    Bradley Manning to live as woman called Chelsea

    Read more

  • NIGERIA

    Nigerian president signs anti-gay law

    Read more

COMMENT(S)