Supreme Court grants legal recognition to transgenders
April 15, 2014 - New Delhi
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday granted legal recognition to transgenders as 'third gender' as a mandate of social justice.
The Apex court ruled that transgenders will be treated as a socially and economically backward for being given various special rights. A bench led by Justice KS Radhakrishnan said that they shall be considered as a class apart from male and female since they had a right to choose their gender based on self-identification of their sex. The bench directed the State and Central Government to identify them as a third gender and frame various social welfare and educational schemes for their upliftment.
This order came following a Public Interest Litigation filed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) that wanted the transgenders should not be denied or taken away because of their sex orientation or since they did not have a developed genital. They sought a legal recognition for them.