The Election Commission (EC) has officially enlisted ‘hijra’ (hermaphrodite) as a recognized gender into the voter list.
In that regard, EC has decided to amend the Voter List Act 2009 and the Voter List Regulations 2012 accordingly.
From now on, voters will be able to pick the ‘Hijra’ gender identity alongside the ‘male’ and ‘female’ options from the coming update.
The Commission has added ‘Hijra’ to the ‘gender identity’ section of the voter list four years after the group received its official recognition.
On November 13, 2013 a cabinet meeting officially recognized the gender identity of hermaphrodites and approved a policy on the matter.