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Eunuch seeks right to vote in Maharashtra polls

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Eunuch seeks right to vote in Maharashtra polls

Press Trust Of India

image0011Published on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 11:53 in India section

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OFFERING PRAYERS: Eunuchs celebrate Ganesh festival in Navi Mumbai. (File Photo)

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Mumbai: An eunuch has moved the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) seeking the right to vote for his community and transgenders in the forthcoming state Assembly polls.

In the four-page complaint, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi termed the denial of Right to vote as gross violation of Human Rights in the state.

Supported by a group of four law students, Tripathi demanded that the state government should extend the fundamental right of voting to eunuchs and transgenders.

"There is a gross violation of the human rights of eunuchs in Maharashtra. We are not provided with ration cards and not permitted to vote," the complaint said.

The SHRC has issued notices to the chief secretary of the state government with a direction to ensure that departments concerned with ration cards and voter ID cards file their reply to the complaint by November 4.

The commission has also directed the state government to suggest in their reply affidavit steps being taken or to be taken with this regard.

"Tamil Nadu government has already issued ration cards to the eunuchs of that state. It is the only state to have recognised eunuchs as a different sex," said the complaint.

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September 14, 2009 at 10:30 am

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