Need a Clear Definition of Transgenders to Frame Rules: UPSC

UPSC tells Delhi HC that rules for transgenders cannot be formed as SC has not clearly defined the third gender.

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A representational picture of the third gender community in India. (Photo: Reuters)

The Union Public Service Commission or UPSC told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it cannot include transgenders as a third gender for applying for civil services exam.

The reason as cited by UPSC was that the category was not yet clearly defined by the Supreme Court.

Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) told a bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and P S Teji that once the apex court clarifies the issue, then it can frame rules.

The Centre submitted that it has moved the apex court seeking clarification on various issues, including the definition of transgenders as well as who would certify them as members of the third gender.

The submissions were made by UPSC and DoPT in their affidavits filed before the bench. The PIL has now been listed for hearing on July 27.

The petition has contended that lack of the third gender option has resulted in transgenders not being able to apply for examination which is scheduled to be held on August 23.

(With inputs from PTI)

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