Ritika was never confused about her identity. Born as a boy in a conservative Punjabi family, she realised early on that she was “different” from her brothers.
Bangladesh's marginalised transgender community has finally been granted the right to use their correct identity to register as a voter.
According to his Aadhaar card, Koushik Dutta is a transgender but he has still not applied for an amendment in the Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC).
‘We exist, treat us as equals’
Assam’s first transgender judge, Swati Bidhan Baruah, said she could not vote as a third gender voter but had to identify as a male voter because of the insensitivity of poll officials.
Transgender people in Pakistan’s Sindh province will be able to serve as regular duty police officers, the police chief said, adding it was time to offer more opportunities to a group relegated to menial jobs in government.
I have a new identity now and my new ID card represents that,” said Rhiana, one of around 130 transgender persons who registered recently on the electoral roll following a special drive by poll officials in Delhi.
“When officials go door-to-door, from April 23, in order to collect information and update the present voters list, people of this community will be able to register as hijras on their voter registration form,” he added.
Key points from BJP's elections manifesto include pension scheme for small shopkeepers, zero tolerance to terrorism and a promise to set up National Traders Commission.
The LGBTQIA+ community has often been neglected in the Indian discourse and the Congress manifesto 2019 promised to change that, giving equality and protection to the citizens with any sexual identity.
The number of transgender voters has increased since the 2014 Lok Sabha election and, though the enrolment procedure has become accessible, members of the community since face hurdles as they lack the required documents.
Blame it on lack of essential documents like birth or education certificates, only 1,501 people from the transgender community have enrolled themselves for the Lok Sabha election.