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Madras high court ruling; favours Bacheler degree seat for a transgender; heres more

Madras high court ruling; favours Bacheler degree seat for a transgender; heres more

In a significant ruling, the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to allot a Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery seat to a person of the third gender.

The court also directed the Tamil Nadu government to issue guidelines to streamline the procedure for appointment of transgenders in its services.

Justice N Kirubakaran gave the directions while disposing of a writ petition by Tharika Banu, a transgender.

The Judge allowed the 27-year old’s plea seeking allotment of a BSMS seat for academic year 2017-18.

In his order, the Judge said the petitioner’s claim for admission to the course cannot be denied on the ground that she has not obtained the minimum 50 per cent marks.

Authorities were guilty of not implementing The Supreme Court and High Court orders to provide reservation for them, the court said.

The petitioner should be admitted in the course within a week, failing which the authorities shall appear before it on December 11, the court directed the secretary, Directorate of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy.

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