New Delhi, April 10: Third gender, also known as ‘Transgender’ have often been looked down; they don’t receive equal rights in most situations and suffer societal severities. A relief comes to the Transgender community as Indian government has allowed them to use the public toilets of their choice.
In a significant move, the Ministry of Sanitation issued guidelines to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) stating that members of the third-gender community be allowed to use public toilet of their choice (men or woman).
The Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation under its Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has notified Guidelines on Gender Issues in Sanitation.
It says “In many communities, the third- gender may often be dissociated from the mainstream. Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) should make a conscious effort that they are recognised as equal citizens and users of toilets. They should be allowed to use the facility of their choice (men or women) in a community or public toilets’”
In another move to ensure public toilet access for transgender people, the Madras high court on Tuesday (April 4) ordered the Tamil Nadu government to build public toilets for members of the community in parts of the city where they live in larger numbers.
Census 2011 indicates that there are around 10 lakh people in Tamil Nadu who identify as transgender.