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Trans people yet to get NID recognition

in BANGLADESH, 07/07/2013

Transsexual and transgender people are yet to get their national ID (NID) cards specifying their distinct sexual identities although the Election Commission allowed them in 2008 to cast votes using the NID.

The EC, which is responsible for providing citizens with legal identity, only recognise two sexual identities – male and female – on the form of the NID card.

The National Identity Registration Act 2010, however, states that providing false, misleading or hidden information while applying for the NID card is a criminal offence punishable with one year of imprisonment or a fine of up to Tk20,000 or both.

Experts say the EC is encouraging transsexual and transgender people – often generally called the trans people – to provide misleading information on the NID card form as it does not contain any option for specifying one’s gender other than male and female. Providing these people with IDs without authentic gender information is a “dubious” act on part of the EC and the NID registration authority.

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