New Delhi: Transgenders will now have the option of identifying themselves as the third gender as the Railway Board has modified rail reservation forms to provide the option ‘T’,besides ‘M’( Male) and ‘F’ ( Female).
In a letter to all zonal railways, the board has said that ticket booking and cancellation forms will be modified from the current option of “ Transgender (Male/Female) to just ‘T’.” According to the letter,the social justice and empowerment ministry is at present dealing with various issues of transgenders and a proposed legislation on this – The Transgender Persons ( Protection of Rights ) Bill, 2016, is being reviewed by a parliament standing committee.
“The matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that till such time the detailed modalities on this account are finalized by the ministry of social justice, a provision may be made in the system to capture the gender of transgender a “t” instead of T(Male/Female) as advised earlier.” According to the letter,October 17.
In a landmark judgment in 2014, the supreme court created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they had to write male or female in gender column. Transgender community feels affronted by Gulalai remarks
Following the order, many government documents such as passport, ration card, bank forms and voter identity cards have started providing ‘TG’ (third gender), ‘Other’ or ‘T’ (transgender) as options.