United Nations Hails India's Supreme Court Ruling On Transgenders
Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 11:20 Hrs
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has hailed the Supreme court's ruling recognizing transgenders as a third gender, saying the "historic" decision will pave the way for reforms that will help the community get access to employment and public services.
Responding to queries on the Supreme Court judgement, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters yesterday that "we welcome the historic ruling" legally upholding the rights of transgender people across India. (Transgenders are the 'third gender', rules Supreme Court.
"The decision officially recognises a third gender in law and confirms that discrimination on grounds of gender identity is impermissible under the Indian Constitution," he said.
"It should pave the way for reforms that make it easier for transgender people in India to obtain legal recognition of their gender identity, as well as access to employment and public services," Dujarric said, adding that the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights also welcomed the ruling. (Blog: 'Nobody wants to be exploited sexually'
In the landmark judgement, the Supreme Court recognized transgenders or eunuchs as the third category of gender and directed the Centre and state governments to grant them all facilities including voters' ID, passport and driving licenses.
The Centre and state governments were also directed to take steps to bring the community into the mainstream by providing adequate healthcare, education and employment.
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