First Time in History, Transgenders Will be Included in Pakistan’s Census

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Transgender people will be included in the National Census, the Lahore High Court has declared.

Mansoor Ali Shah, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court ordered the concerned authorities to include transgender people in the Census due to occur in March this year.

Lahore High Court heard a petition on enforcing transgender people’s rights including basic human rights, which they are denied. The petitioner also asked for trans people to be included in the upcoming census and be provided the option for a separate gender to identify with on the National ID card.

There was no third option available for the transgender people previously. They were forced to mark themselves as people with disabilities. The government removed the category of people with disabilities later on, leaving only male and female options.

Back in 2011, Supreme Court ruled in favor of a court hearing leading to a separate entity option being available when registering for an ID card. This also allowed them voting rights which they didn’t have before the court ruling.

National Census To Occur After 19 Years

The National Census has been delayed since 1998 and will happen in 2017 after a gap of almost 19 years. In the 1998 Census, Pakistan’s population stood at 132 million.

Read More: Supreme Court Orders Census in Pakistan From March 15th, 2017

Since then it has been estimated that the population has increased more than 50 percent to well above 200 million. The Census will also help policymakers in the government to make more accurate decisions regarding resource distribution and acquisition.

A techie, gamer, and Senior Editor at ProPakistani.

  • I think the term you meant to use is “Intersex”.

    Transgender is a completely different gender identity specific to people who feel their gender is different from their assigned sex at birth, and often go through surgical and medical procedures to change it. Basically, transgender people disagree with their assigned sex.

    Intersex people on the other hand are those that are born with both male and female biological characteristics. They are often also referred to as the “3rd Sex”. A lot of them usually don’t disagree with their assigned gender (i.e. they acknowledge their biological trait of have both features), and therefore aren’t Transgender.

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