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In a praise-worthy move, Indian Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) have included ‘transgender’ as the ‘third gender’ in ticket reservation and cancellation procedures. The other two genders are male and female.
Both online and offline forms of railways will now have transgender option as the third gender.
The Supreme Court in a judgment has directed that Hijras or Eunuchs to be treated as third gender in order to safeguard their rights under Part III of our Constitution.
The man behind this move is a Delhi-based lawyer Jamshed Ansari, who filed a petition alleging that railways and IRCTC have violated constitutional provisions of transgenders.
He also has demanded for separated coach and births in trains for the community.