Supreme Court of India recognises transgenders as third gender.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India (SC) on April 15, 2014 granted recognition to transgenders as third category of sex. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.
The terms third gender and third sex describe individuals who are categorized (by their will or by social consensus) as neither man nor woman.
The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category.
This is for the first time that the third gender has got a formal recognition. The third gender people will be considered as OBCs, the SC said.
Transgenders are citizens of the country and have equal rights to education, employment and social acceptability, the court said.
The apex court has expressed concern over discrimination, harassment of transgenders in the country and directed the government to take remedial measures.