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Transgenders seek 3% quota in education, jobs

in INDIA, 30/11/2013

A group of transgenders has approached the Madras HC to direct the state government to provide 3 per cent reservation for transgenders in the field of education and employment op­p­­o­rtunities.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, before whom the public interest litigation, filed by Swapna of Madurai and four others, came up for hearing, ordered notice, returnable by November 27, to the chief secretary, TN social welfare department secretary and Tamil Nadu public service commission.
 
According to Swapna, she scored 428 marks in her class 10 board exam, and 1,021 marks in plus-two, standing third in her district. She cleared her UPSC prelims, but could not ma­ke it to the interview as her school certificate desc­r­i­bed her as a male. The second pet­it­ioner, Gr­a­ce Banu of Thoot­hu­kudi was holding a diploma in Computer Engi­ne­ering. The third petitioner, M. Selvi Manoj Premk­u­m­ar, was a well-known phy­si­o­therapist in Chennai.
 
The fourth petitioner, Liv­i­ng Smile Vidya, in Chennai had studied MA in Applied Linguistics and was also a writer. Thus all the petitioners were proficient in one or other field. Despite their qualifications, they could not get suitable jobs and were discriminated against and disregarded for the only reasons that they did not come under the group ‘male’ or ‘female’.

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