Islamabad-Seven eunuchs have approached the Islamabad High Court for inclusion of an additional column in the national census forms for the registration of the members of transgender community.

The petitioners including Nadeem-ul-Zafar Khan, Safdar Hussain alias Pinki, Umer, Bijli and Gori have moved the court through their counsels Gul Rehman Mohmand and Saifullah Khan Advocates and nominated secretary establishment, secretary interior, director general Bureau of Statistics, chairman NADRA and director general ministry of human rights as respondents.

They adopted in the petition that in case this community is not included in the census, this should be stopped to prevent transgender community’s exclusion from the national statistics.

The petitioners contended that they are transgender persons, not respected by the society and even their parents do not own them due to social pressures and stigmas. Transgender community is socially isolated and forced to live in marginalized circumstances. But as a human being they equally deserve respect, honor and opportunities to excel.

They argued that Supreme Court of Pakistan through a judgment had directed the authorities to provide Computerized National Identity Cards to the transgender. Said decision was implemented but the gender was not mentioned as desired by this community.

Therefore, they prayed to the court to direct the respondents to include a column in the census forms for the registration of transgender community so as the government could allocate resources according to their number. Further NADRA may be directed to issue CNICs to the transgender community mentioning their status as male, female, transgender or intersex. The petitioners also requested the court to direct the authorities to reserve job quota for them.