- Apprentice Lawyer
- Legal Jobs
A Division Bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and NV Ramana disposed of an application filed by the Centre seeking clarification on this issue. The Bench said that the 2014 judgment of the court is already clear on this matter. It proceeded to dispose the application after recording the same in its order.
Besides the clarification regarding gay and bisexual persons, the Centre had also raised the following in its application:
It did not, however, press these issues today.
In 2014, the Supreme Court had recognised transgenders as a third gender in a PIL filed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA). In that judgment, the Court held that Articles 14, 15, 16, 19 and 21 do not exclude transgender persons from its ambit and take into account rights of “hijras” as well and hence, discrimination against them on the basis of their gender would be a violation of Constitutional mandate.