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  India   All India  28 Nov 2016  Now, ‘third gender’ option in rail reservation forms

Now, ‘third gender’ option in rail reservation forms

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Nov 28, 2016, 1:31 am IST
Updated : Nov 28, 2016, 6:29 am IST

The facility will be included for reservations and cancellations, both online as well offline.

(Representational image)
 (Representational image)

New Delhi: Indian railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as third gender” in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms.

The decision, which was taken on a representation made by a lawyer, will include the facility for reservations and cancellations, both online as well offline.

A Delhi-based lawyer had made the representation after the Delhi high court in February had asked him to approach the railway ministry while disposing of his petition.

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.

Advocate Jamshed Ansari in his PIL before the high court had alleged violation of Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, by non-inclusion of “transgender/third gender” as a gender option in its forms.

Tags: irctc, transgender, delhi high court, pil, indian railways
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi