Transgender registration: Dispute over parents’ column resurfaces

Published: February 11, 2012

Some community members disagree with writing the name of provincial Guru in parent’s column. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Members of the transgender community started registering themselves after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government announced that transgender individuals possessing Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) will be able to cast their votes in the next general election.

A total of 15 members of the community have been registered by Thursday. However, sources within the Election Commission reported that none of the community members approached the office on Friday.

“Some members of the community disagreed with writing the name of their provincial Guru in the parent’s column and wanted to use the name of their district Guru instead,” sources said and termed it the reason for the absence of transgender community members on Friday. They added that once they write name of one Guru, it cannot be changed in the future.

Earlier, upon request of the members of the transgender community, the election commission permitted their members to write name of their Guru in the parent’s column. The decision was taken when the community informed the commission that most of its members were unaware of the names of their parents.

Farzana, the provincial Guru of the transgender community, said she was unaware of such reports, when contacted, adding that most community members had agreed to use her name in the parent’s column. “There are different groups in our community. Some members know the names of their parents and they will write their names in the column. The rest will write my name in the parent’s column,” she said.

The election commission has also informed the transgender community that their registration forms will be accepted without attestation.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • shahab
    Feb 11, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Problem solved, i guess.
    So what about the gender section?

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  • pakistani
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @shahab:
    oh grow up plz :/

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  • Aamir
    Feb 11, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Can anyone proof transgender through Quran??? We are actually confronting nature balantly. There is nothing like it in nature, all man made ill concepts grown out of propotion due to western cultures. The sexually incomplete men and women cannot fall in third category. This is actually another form of disability which we took the other way. Can u suggest transgender in other species??? wake up..

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  • Feb 11, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Well the Transgenders should have their real parents name in their parental section. It should be disallowed to put the name of their Guru’s in their Parent section. If the Transgenders don’t know their name it should be left out blank. In future strict precautions should be taken and parents name should be attached (real names) with the Transgender gender NIC. I hate when parents leave their child because he/she is a Transgender. Everyone has their biological parents and govt. should not play with their parental information. Guru is a teacher not parent of those Transgenders (period).

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  • e.r.
    Feb 12, 2012 - 9:59AM

    @Aamir:

    There are infact species, that change sex during their course of life. And remember, being trans doesn’t always being be “male” or “female”, there are other categories of Being.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexchange#Sexchangeinanimals

    Educate yourself on transgender, intersexuality and related topics!

    I wish everything good for you,
    Om Shanti

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