Central Government today informed the Delhi High Court that transgenders shall be now included as a separate gender category in Prison Statistics Report prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). [Karan Tripathi v. NCRB & ors]..A statement to this effect was made by Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma before a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan. .The Court was hearing a PIL by Karan Tripathi (petitioner) seeking inclusion of separate data on transgender prisoners in NCRB reports. .ASG Sharma stated that NCRB has issued a communication informing that it intended to classify prisoners as male, female and transgenders from its report, Prison Statistics India - 2020 onwards. .Officials have been directed to prepare for collection of data accordingly, NCRB has said. . In view of the above decision, the PIL was disposed of. .On the last date of hearing, the Court had asked the Central government to come back with instructions with regards the pending representation of the petitioner. .Prima facie, the prayers are very pertinent and reasonable, the Court had said. .The petitioner had argued that to ensure equality and protection under Articles 14, 15, 19, and 21 of the Constitution of India, it was imperative to categorize the third gender/transgenders as a separate gender in prison statistics..Relying heavily on the Supreme Court's verdict in NALSA v Union of India, the petitioner argued that unless transgender inmates were recognised, the guidelines passed by the Supreme Court to protect their rights could not be implemented..The petitioner was represented by Advocate Akhil Hasija. It was filed through Advocates Yash Mishra, Akhil Hasija and Manyaa Chandok of Alliance Law Group.