Railways recognises third gender
Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgenderas third gender” in the option alongside male andfemale in ticket reservation and cancellation forms. Thedecision, which was taken on a representation madeby a lawyer will include the facility for reservations andcancellations, both online as well as offline. The Delhibased lawyer had made the representation after theDelhi high court in February had asked him to approachthe Railway Ministry while disposing of his petition.The ministry in its circular referred to the directionof the apex court of April 2014, which had said thathijras, eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treatedas third gender for protecting their rights. AdvocateJamshed Ansari in his PIL before the high court hadalleged violation of Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of theConstitution by Indian Railway Catering and TourismCorporation (IRCTC), by non-inclusion of “transgender/ third gender” as a gender option in its forms.