Saturday, April 19, 2014
SC says transgenders 'third category'
Transgenders should be treated as a third category and as a socially and economically backward class entitled to job reservation, the Supreme Court said on 15-April-2013.
Activists termed the verdict "revolutionary" but said social acceptance will take longer because of the stigma associated with them.
Recognising transgenders as a third gender, the apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri directed the central and state governments to include them for reservation in jobs and education.
The court also said both the union and state governments would frame welfare schemes for them.