Indian railway, IRCTC includes transgender as third sex

Photo of members of transgender community.

New Delhi: The Indian Railways along with IRCTC have given special status to transgender by included this section of society as ‘Third gender’ or ‘Third sex’ in the forms of ticket reservation and cancellation on both online as well as offline.

The railway has taken this decision after a representation was made by lawyer to include this facility on both the platforms like online and offline for reservations and cancellations.

A lawyer based from Delhi has made a representation at Delhi High court and filed has petition during the month of February which has asked him to approach Railway Ministry first.

The Railway Ministry referred to the decision of the apex court of April 2014 in its circular, which has mentioned that transgender, eunuchs, hijras, apart from binary gender will be treated as third gender for the protection of their right.

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The circular stated, “Supreme Court (in the judgment) has directed that Hijras, Eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for the purpose of safeguarding their rights under Part III of our Constitution and the laws made by the parliament and the State Legislature.

“It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare.”

Advocate Jamshed Ansari in his PIL before the high court had alleged violation of Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), by non-inclusion of “transgender/third gender” as a gender option in its forms.

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