Railways, IRCTC include transgender as third gender
Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as third gender” in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms, in compliance with the judgment rendered by the Supreme Court of India.
The decision will include the facility for reservations and cancellations, both online as well offline. Delhi-based Advocate Jamshed Ansari, had made the representation after the Delhi High Court in February had asked him to approach the Railway Ministry while disposing of his petition.
Ansari in his PIL before the high court had alleged violation of Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution by IRCTC, by non-inclusion of “transgender/third gender” as a gender option in its forms.
The ministry in its circular referred to the direction of the apex court of April 2014, which had said that hijras, eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for protecting their rights.
“Supreme Court (in the judgement) 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,” the circular states.
The circular adds that this information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare.
The Supreme Court had, in April 2014, directed the Centre and the State Governments to recognise transgender as the third sex and to provide them with the benefits accorded to socially and economically backward classes
The Supreme Court had further directed that the Centre and the State Governments should develop social welfare schemes for the transgender community, and run public awareness campaigns to erase the social stigma attached to them.