01/10/2015 1:08 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

HC Orders Inclusion Of Transgender Candidates For Panchayat Poll

Supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community wave a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Gay rights supporters waved flags and danced during the march to celebrate gay pride and to push for the repeal of a colonial-era law that makes homosexuality a crime. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court today directed Uttar Pradesh government and state Election Commission to provide for inclusion of third gender/ transgender candidates in the documents of panchayat elections, including nomination paper.

A division bench of chief justice D Y Chandrachud and justice Shree Narain Shukla gave the order on a PIL seeking a direction for providing the column for third/transgender candidates in related documents/forms of ongoing panchayat election process in UP.

According to the petitioner's counsel S K Mishra, no column for third or transgender candidates was available in election-related forms, including nomination paper, because of which candidates of such categories were facing problem. The court, while fixing hearing of this matter next week, directed the respondents to provide a column for third gender.

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