After a long wait, the third gender in the national capital, New Delhi, is finally getting what they deserve and what they have been demanding since ages.
NDMC i.e. New Delhi Municipal Council in its annual budget for Financial Year 2021-2022, in a much welcome move, has announced exclusive toilets for the third gender in specific public locations within the capital.
NDMC has constructed a toilet exclusively for third gender at Shastri Bhawan near PTI Club. It is proposed to construct more such toilets for them after assessing the feasibility and identification of site in the NDMC
area.Budget speech FY 2021-22
Setting an example for the rest of the country, Mysore, Karnataka was the first city to provide public toilets for the third gender back in November, 2015. Later cities like Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Tiruchi followed suit and built exclusive toilets for transgender within the busy areas in the city. It was high time that the national capital, New Delhi did some catching up and provided basic rights to the transgender community.
In April 2014, in a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court of India had granted legal recognition to the community as third gender. Non recognition of their identity earlier had subjected few from the community to abuse and discrimination in the society. But with the historic judgement the third gender community could now apply for passports, driving license, ration card, seek admission to education institutions and come under the ambit of various social security schemes run by the Government of India.
But still, basic facilities like exclusive public toilets in public spaces, eluded the third gender community to a large extent in almost all Indian cities. In the absence of these toilets, the transgender community had in the past reported harrasment and hostility by the public when using the facility of their own choice.
After presentation and passing of the #NDMC budget on 13th Jan 2021, Chairman NDMC today operationalized the #Budget2021, with the click of a button, on e-financial application of NDMC and made the revised allocations available to the departments. pic.twitter.com/UG6HPmFTQo— New Delhi Municipal Council Official (@tweetndmc) January 14, 2021
With India celebrating her 72nd Republic Day on 26th January 2021, there is still a long way to go in this regard, but let’s hope that the decision by NDMC in New Delhi proves to be a precedent for several other cities in India and hope the move provides much needed privacy for the community.
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