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Over 30,000 transgenders in Tamil Nadu, yet only 2,996 are voters

Reflecting the woes of transgenders who have remained social 'untouchables' with restricted access to education and jobs, only a minuscule 2,996 transgenders in Tamil Nadu enrolled themselves in the 5.3 crore strong voters list.

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9th March 2014 01:06

Alessia Valenza

Amid growing calls and even court observations to give the transgenders their due space in the society, the third gender persons continue to face discrimination due to lack of awareness and various other factors.

Though the Election Commission took socially sensitive initiative to provide a third gender option "others" in 2009 itself to allow transsexuals to take part in the democratic exercise, the enrolment of the community has been abysmal.

According to the 2014 summary revision electoral data, only 2,996 transgenders had registered themselves as voters in 39 Parliamentary constituencies in Tami Nadu though their actual population is much more than that.

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