In 2014, the Supreme Court of India accorded ‘Third Gender’ status to transgender people and an individual's right to determine the gender they want to identify with. The verdict also included a directive for separate toilets for transgender individuals in public places including hospitals. But we hardly come across these toilets in public and finding a gender-neutral toilet in India is almost next to impossible. So, I would request the Government to provide necessary infrastructure so that 4.88 lakh people of our country can lead their life with normalcy and dignity.

Pratima Mondal

Jaynagar

West Bengal

All India Trinamool Congress

REPORT CARD

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