25 June, 2021

Singing It Loud

The SC verdict has set transgenders ‘free’. It grants them a political role beyond symbolism.

Jitender Gupta
Singing It Loud
outlookindia.com
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  • In 2012, the Election Commission introduces a third category—‘other’—for voter registration to be more inclusive
  • For the 2014 general election, 84,304 voters registered under ‘other’ category
  • New SC ruling a gamechanger: ensures legal rights, reservation in education, employment. Recognises community as OBC, speaks out against discrimination.
  • Members admit low voter turnout due to lack of political engagement, incentives

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“This is our year of independence.” That’s the unanimous verdict from the transgender community post the Supreme Court ruling early this week on the long-standing question mark over the status of the ‘third gender’. Having now secured a basic legal status and inclusion in mainstream society, it is no doubt their biggest moment ever in India. Some say the signs for a historic judgement were already there, with the Election Com­mission opening up the gender category to include...

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