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Transgender to Appear as Separate Category in Gender Classification of Prisoners in NCRB’s Study – Centre tells Delhi High Court

A statement to this effect was made by Additional Solicitor General in a PIL seeking inclusion of separate data on transgender prisoners in NCRB reports.

The Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that a communication has been issued to all the states and union territories to include data of transgender prisoners under a separate gender in prison statistics reports from 2020 onwards.

The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma in response to a PIL seeking a direction to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to “make requisite policy and format amendment to include the data on transgender prisoners” in the prison statistics reports.

Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma Jalan placed on record a letter written to the states and UTs, according to which, “NCRB intends to include transgender in the gender classification of prisoners from PSI-2020 onwards. Accordingly, gender classification of the prisoners will be classified as Male, Female and Transgender in the PSU proforma and Annexures”.