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Transgender community to be included in next population census

Transgender community to be included in next population census
January 09, 2017

PESHAWAR, 09 January: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday directed the federal government and other relevant quarters to include the transgender community in the next national census starting in March.

The court was hearing a petition filed by a member of the transgender community Waqar Ali, who hails from Qasur district of Punjab.

The petitioner had requested the court to issue instructions to the federal government, National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and the Interior Ministry to enforce the fundamental rights of the community granted by the Constitution including enrolment in the upcoming census and issuance of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) specifying their gender.

The petitioner further pleaded that the transgender community was marginalized in the country and the members are denied their basic human rights.

Representing the federal government in court, deputy attorney general assured the bench that the transgender community would be made part of the upcoming census.

The sixth national population census will begin on March 15, 2017.

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