Tribune Take: Transgenders to vote, but more needs to be done

Most transgenders cannot even afford to pay for travel expenses to registration centres, says Rabia Mehmood.

Mahawish Rezvi January 25, 2012

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take, we look at the new rights bestowed upon the transgender community. Voter registration began, and Computerised National Identity Cards (NIC) were issued by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to members of the transgender community in Pubjab. 

Rabia Mehmood, reporter for The Express Tribune based in Lahore, says the community still needs to be educated about their rights especially when it comes to voting.

She says most transgenders cannot even afford to pay for travel expenses to registration centres, and the government could step forward to aid them in this.

Mehmood also adds that since the Supreme Court granted this community the right to vote and register as citizens, they are free to choose which gender to register under, male, female or “Khunsa-e-mushkil.”

Allowing transgenders to choose their gender from among three options may still cause confusion in cases of checking identity, Mehmood says.

Read Rabia Mehmood’s articles here.

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Huma baloch | 9 years ago | Reply

for them this could be first step towards their identity.....but the thing is,after this, forward step should b taken by supreme court to give them equal rights in any filed either to give them seats in parliament as a third community with all respect or fix special quota in Government and public job sectors and even in Universities or collages....besides all it is incumbent upon our society to give them respect as a human beings,,stop teasing them,,,for heaven sake...!!!

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