Supreme Court on Thursday clarified that only transgenders will be treated as the third gender and that gay, lesbian and bisexual persons will not come under this category.
In 2014, the court had held that transgenders fall in the third gender category. The court said that the Central government must provide a third gender category in forms. SC had even asked the government to provide reservation to transgenders in the socially backward category.
The Centre which was seeking modification in the SC judgment of 2014, said that it could not implement the judgment as in one of the paragraphs, lesbian, gay and bisexual persons were put along with transgender persons in the third gender category.
A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said that there is no confusion and it had clearly stated that lesbian, gay and bisexual persons do not fall under the category of the third gender.
Appearing for transgenders, senior advocate Anand Grover contended that under the garb of clarification, the government delayed the compliance of the verdict for the past two years.
To this, the court asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, “Why can’t a cost be imposed on the government for the delay in implementation of our order.”
However, the court disposed of the government’s plea without imposing any cost.