Bangalore, 7th April, 2017 Transgender who are identified as the third gender according to 2014 SC ruling can now access male or female toilets according to their choice.
This decision is taken by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swach Bharat Gramin Mission keeping in mind the problems that were faced by the third gender in accessing public toilets.
Before the decision the third gender category had only one separate toilet in Mysore in the entire country.
Sociologist Divyanka Sinha says “It’s a great initiative from the government to take such step. The stigma attached with transgender community for using toilet was a critical issue before which is solved now”.
Sushila (32), a transgender said “I usually felt very uncomfortable as I was always unsure which toilet to use. People used to taunt me and restrict me sometimes”.
Like Sushila, more than 4 lakh transgender living in the country according to Census Report 2011, suffered the same fate.
According to the circular by the Ministry, now transgender can also help in promoting their rights by volunteering in Swach abhiyan driver.
"Wherever suitable, their support can be enlisted in engaging communities, and their efforts duly recognised and honoured to break any stigma around them and also to enable them to use facilities without any embarrassment," the circular said.
Recently US government revoked the order of transgender using toilet of their choice by stating that it could cause further confusion.