Indian court recognizes 'third gender,' calls for special treatment
April 16, 2014
India’s top court has ordered the federal government to grant privileged status to transgendered people, recognizing them as a third gender, the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) service reports.
Finding that transgendered people have suffered from discrimination, the court ordered the government to include the transgendered among the groups that qualify for preferential treatment in education and government hiring. A group qualifying for such treatment is known, ironically, as an Other Backward Class.