The transgender community members can now appear for the KPSC exams conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission, ordered the Kerala High court on Wednesday.
The court issued a directive to let transgenders participate in a written exam considering them under the female category.
Kerala court even issued a short-term order while hearing a plea seeking unique column for transgenders in the application forms for various exams like KPSC.
This move was taken after a transgender approached the HC seeking a court order to KPSC to create an ‘option’ for their community while selecting one’s gender in job application forms.
Now, there will be only two columns – male and female in the examination form….
Earlier, the sources said that the PSC (Public Service Commission) is set to launch a new column for transgender in its application forms. Since there is no third option for the transgenders, they were unable to apply for jobs.
The petitioner had claimed that by not including an option for the transgender community in the examination forms, the constitutional ‘right to equality of opportunity’ is being breached as far as cases related to public recruitment are concerned.
The Kerela High Court has directed the KPSC secretary and the Kerala government’s Chief Secretary to allow transgenders to write exams considering them under ‘female’ option.
Anu Bose alleged that she is being refused to apply for jobs of being transgender. Form application is being rejected only on the fact that there is no particular category for transgenders in them.
Bose had also added that the ‘right to equality of opportunity’ is being violated. The Public Service Commission had decided to revise the application forms with three columns for gender and had been waiting for the decision of the government on the reservation for transgenders.