Centre files review petition in SC over 2014 transgender judgement


New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking clarity on issues arising out of a 2014 judgement pertaining to the rights and status of transgenders. The matter is posted for hearing tomorrow.

The apex court, in its April 2014 judgement, had said transgenders should be recognised as the 'third gender' but, along with that, it had also acknowledged their right to declare themselves either male or female.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thawar Chand Gehlot today said this is creating difficulty in making their identity cards.

"The Supreme Court in its ruling said that transgenders should be recognised as 'third gender.

Along with that, it had also acknowledged their right to declare themselves either male or female. This is creating difficulty in making their identity cards. We have filed a review petition saying that it should be made clear so that no problem arises while issuing their ID cards," Gehlot told the media.

"Some of the transgenders have told us that they belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes but have been put in the OBC category. They are saying that they should be put in the SC or ST categories so that they are able to access the benefits of the SCs and STs," he added.

He said that government, therefore, filed a review petition in the court seeking clarity on the issue. He informed that ministry is close to finalise the Draft Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015. (ANI)

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