HC asks govt, CISF to frame guidelines for intersex people

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New Delhi, Dec 22 (UNI) The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Central and Delhi government, Union Health and CISF to file their response in connection with a petition filed by a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), seeking draft guidelines for incorporation of people of intersex in the government jobs.

The intersex people should be treated as a seperate class, besides male and female, the NGO urged.

A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and Veena Birbal have asked the respondents to file their response by January, 2008.

A lady from Orissa was sacked from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) because she failed the gender test, as abnormality in genitials was noted by the examining authotities. Detailed examination through ultra sound revealed absence of the uterus.

The CISF sacked her on the ground that she applied as female while her genital sex was 46XY (consistent with male).

The NGO has pleaded that the society should socially accept such people. A seperate class besides male and females should be made for the intersex people and there should be no discrimination while offering jobs to people of this category.

Guidelines are also needed to ensure that the state does not ignore or neglect this group of people, who are already living under compelling circumstances.

The NGO has also pleaded to the court to pass orders to CIFS to give the lady back her job, as she is from a economically backward background.

UNI

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