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Transgenders to be included in the national census

Lahore High Court (LHC) has commanded the concerned authorities to include transgenders in the national census, to be held in March this year. The order was passed by Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, which stated that the community should be provided with the fulfillment of their basic rights including National Identity Cards and the inclusion in upcoming census.

The Deputy Attorney General has moved the bill in favour of the court and has assured that transgender people will also be included in the national census.

Previously, people belonging to the community were told to mark themselves as people with disabilities. However, soon after, federal government removed the column leaving only two categories of male and female.

Transgender people are considered as a minority and underdog gender in Pakistan. But, the community has now gained some momentum and support from the masses.

Pakistan will conduct census in March 2017 after a long gap of 18 years. It is estimated that the population of the country has grown up about 50 per cent, exceeding the 200 million mark.