Maharashtra kick-starts a week long special campaign to enrol third gender on the electoral rolls
Inspired by the success of International Women’s Day which was celebrated on 8th March, 2017 to create awareness among women, Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra, decided to celebrate 'Third Gender Day' to create awareness among this marginalized community about their electoral rights on 15th April. Since the landmark judgment on recognition to third gender was delivered on 15th April, 2014 by Supreme Court of India, the date has become significant for the Third Genders (TGs).
A meeting with prominent TGs and NGOs like 'Astitva', 'Astha' and 'V-Can' was called on 15th April at CEO office. Eminent personalities like Smt. Laxmi Tripathy, Smt Gauri Sawant, Smt Urmi Jhadhav and other TGs attended the meeting. Smt Indrani Malkani , Smt Seema Sayeed represented their NGO's. Various socio-economic issues related to the enrolment process were discussed. It was concluded that lack of awareness and lack of documents are the prime cause of TGs not enrolling in big numbers and thus the measures to address them were discussed at length.
A Special campaign of one week was held for their community all over Maharashtra. All NGOs were partnered in this campaign to create awareness and encourage TGs to enrol in the ER. As the main transportation used by third genders in Mumbai is local trains, therefore, they were used for publicity. Maharashtra is perhaps the only state to have celebrated a day for TGs in India.
Edited by ECI