The formal recognition, confirmed by the election commission, answers a longstanding demand by the eunuch and transgender community, known as hijiras, who are believed to number up to six million.
"The inclusion of eunuchs and transgenders as 'others' gives us a separate identity which is what we have always wanted," said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a prominent eunuch activist and founder of campaign group Astitva.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
India officially recognizes transgender as a gender
India's electoral commission has now added an 'other' category to 'male' and 'female' to recognize members of the transgender community.