By Sanjit Oberai:
The recent decision by Supreme Court to recognise transgender as the third category of gender is seen as step in the right direction for the transgender population in India. “Transgenders are also citizens of India” said Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and A.K. Sikri in their ruling.
They also added that if transgenders were not recognised as a third gender, it would violate their rights to equality, job opportunity, life and personal liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution.
IndiaSpend decided to look at the data given by the Election Commission as per the ‘other’ category and here is what we found.
* The third gender represents only 0.0035% or 28,341 electors of the total electors of 814 million (approx).
* Karnataka had the highest no of ‘other’ voters at 8,453 followed by Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
* Among the electors aged between 18-19 years, 0.018% or 4,177 electors belonged to the ‘other’ category. Here too, Karnataka had the highest number with 2,589 people.
This article was originally published byÂ IndiaSpend.