SRINAGAR: Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to introduce the option of specifying gender for transgender in the application forms of all state (private and public) institutions.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed Department of Social Welfare to introduce the gender option for the community within a week.
The bench maintained that if state fails to do so, the court will pass an interim judgment in the matter.
The court order came after it was informed by petitioner, Dr Aijaz Bund, that for applying in various state institutions, the transgender community has to register themselves as males, as option for their gender is not included in the application forms.
Advocate Hashim Hussain representing Department of Social Welfare said that the department has provided facilities to the community.
On 19-12-2017, the petitioner submitted the state draft policy was not in line with the orders of Supreme Court.
The court had asked the petitioner to file the objections and also asked the Law Department to file the responses and indicate as to whether any objections have been incorporated in the said policy.
Advocate Hashim requested more time for the completion of the process and the court granted him one week time.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking rights of transgender. The PIL was initiated by Dr. Aijaz Ahmed Bund, Enus Shafi and Farah Ashraf.