PUDUCHERRY: K Sheethal, the transgender from Puducherry who became the first person to be enrolled as a member of the third gender under the Unique Identification Number project, is elated that a government agency has finally recognised the community’s gender status.
“The inclusion of third gender in census enumeration is the result of an untiring struggle. The members of the transgender community are not considered for any of the official documents like voters’ identity cards and ration cards. We have been discriminated against by others. We had lost our identity and had no place to stay,” 33-year-old Sheethal told TOI.