Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as third sex” in the choice nearby male and female in ticket reservation and cancelation forms. The choice which was gone up against a representation made by a lawyer will incorporate the office for reservations and cancelations, both online as well offline.
The Delhi-based lawyer had made the representation after the Delhi High Court in February had requested that he approach the Railway Ministry while disposing 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.
“Supreme Court (in the judgement) has directed that Hijras, Eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for the purpose of safeguarding their rights under Part III of our Constitution and the laws made by the parliament and the State Legislature.
“It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare,” the circular stated.
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 (IRCTC), by avoidance of “transgender/third sex” as a sexual orientation choice in its structures.
He had likewise looked for consistence of the apex court judgment in which it coordinated the Center and the state governments to perceive transgender as the third sex, and to give them the advantages agreed to socially and monetarily in backward classes.
He had further requested extraordinary coaches and reserved seats for the transgender group in all trains, for their “care and assurance”.
On which the bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini had asked the ministry to look into the averments made in the writ petition.