Transgender As Third Gender In Ticket Reservation Forms
Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as third gender” in ticket reservation and cancellation forms. #Transgender as third gender has been included in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms, both online as well offline.
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The decision was taken based on a representation by a Delhi-based lawyer. Delhi High Court in February had asked this lawyer to approach the Railway Ministry regarding this petition.
The Railway Ministry has issued a circular that stated the following. “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.
“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 has further demanded special coaches and reserved seats for the #transgender community in all trains, for their “care and protection”. Reports India Today.