Central Government informed the Delhi High Court that transgenders shall be now catagorized as a separate gender in the Prison Statistics Report prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). [Karan Tripathi v. NCRB & ors] The petitioner had argued that to ensure equality and protection under Articles 14, 15, 19, and 21 of the Constitution of India, it was necessary to categorize the third gender/transgenders as a separate gender in prison statistics. Relying heavily on the Supreme Court's verdict in NALSA v Union of India, the petitioner argued that unless transgender inmates were recognised, the guidelines passed by the Supreme Court to protect their rights could not be implemented.
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