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Bihar transgenders rue errors in voter ID cards

PATNA: Notwithstanding the tall claims of Election Commission to make error-free electoral roll, round 2,700 transgenders in Bihar had been mentioned either as male or female.
Sangeeta Hijra (38) of Patel Nagar informed this newspaper on Friday that she carried out for enrolment in the voter list closing yr with all of the documents required for that. “I stuffed transgender column in the shape. But I've been mentioned male in the voter ID card I won,” Sangeeta said.

“Not simplest God, but even human beings play cruel jokes via citing us as male or female,” any other transgender, who didn't want to be quoted, said.

According to the knowledge released via the poll panel, there were 2,406 transgender electorate in Bihar via January. The quantity is mere zero.003% of the overall electors in the state.

Reshma Prasad (29), an activist and founding father of Dostana Safar organization that works for the welfare of transgender community, said there are round 40,000 transgenders of balloting age in Bihar and simplest 5,200 of them are enrolled to cast votes in the Lok Sabha elections. “Out of the 5200, simplest 2,406 had been enrolled as transgenders as the remaining 2,794 are mentioned either as a feminine or a male,” said Reshma, adding she had not won her voter ID card yet.

As according to her data, round 34,800 transgenders had been disregarded in the electoral rolls revealed in January. A transgender from Danapur said she will not cast her vote until the authorities make the adjustments in her voter ID card, which mentions her as a feminine.

Manoj Kumar from Bhabhua said those that were labeled as male would not face any problem but those that were put in the female class would indisputably face embarrassment. “Although our community has got reputation, but the other folks’s mindset has not modified,” said Kumar, any other transgender.

Election Commission had began enrolling transgenders as “others” after the 2009 basic elections as transgender (TG) class was introduced simplest in 2015. It can be for the first time that they'd vote below this class in parliamentary elections.

In Patna, there are simplest 177 transgenders amongst 45,87,998 electorate. The officials right here claimed they did not receive any court cases from the transgender community about the class issues.

Deputy electoral officer in Patna district, R Nilay, informed this newspaper on Friday that there have been no such court cases in regards to the mistakes in transgender class. “But if any person is going through such problems, they can fill Form 8 online or thru offline medium. Minimum time period for making the adjustments in the electoral roll is 10 days while the utmost time is up to 16 days,” he said.

Calling the process as a hogwash, any other transgender Dimple said they simply make other folks run from pillar to publish. “I've carried out for voter ID card a number of occasions, but have not won it yet. I visited the collectorate or even ward councillor’s office a number of occasions, but to no avail,” said the resident of Nirala Path close to Postal Park.

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