Ahmedabad, Apr 15 UNI | 4 months ago

Transgenders in Gujarat today welcomed the Supreme Court's decision asking the Centre to give them the 'third gender' status.

Welcoming the decision, transgenders said it would benefit people from the community across the country.

"I thank the Supreme Court that it has given us our rights. I am very happy," Hansa, a transgender, said.

"The Supreme Court decision will definetly benefit our community. It will help in improving condition of people from transgender community," she said.

Hansa, who is the leader of about 150 transgenders in Amraiwadi area of the city, said after the Supreme Court decision they will be given their due respect.

Another transgender Simran said the decision will help the community in establishing its own identity.

She said after the decision, the people from the community will be able to get better education and medical facilities.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court created the 'third gender' status for transgenders.

Earlier, they used to write male or female against their gender.

The apex court also asked the Centre to treat transgenders as socially and economically backward.

The court said the transgenders be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment.

This is for the first time that the third gender has got a formal recognition.

The decision will benefit hundreds of eunuchs across the country.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)