Identity proof, a ration card, birth certificate or even a bank account - acquiring these and more for sex workers, widows, single mothers, the elderly and other subaltern sections of the society can pose quite a challenge.
With an aim to give an honourable identity to transgenders, Madhya Pradesh Government has suggested that the third gender members be addressed by adding "Tgr" before their names on the lines of "Mr, Mrs and Ms in English and "Ki" in Hindi.
A Delhi court has stressed on the need for separate lock-ups, prisons and other provisions for transgenders, who have been declared as "third gender", saying they have full legal rights and "cannot be shuttled between man and woman depending upon convenience".
DMK president M Karunanidhi on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court verdict recognizing transgenders as third category of gender saying it brought a lot of joy to his party whom he said had strived for their welfare.
The Election Commission may have introduced `others` gender option in an attempt to uplift the oppressed communities, but the transgender community says they are still living in social stigma and are yet to be included in the democratic process.
Nearly two years after the Election Commission introduced `others` gender option, over 28,000 transgender community members have registered in the electoral roll so far and will be eligible to vote in Lok Sabha election.
Reflecting the woes of transgenders who have remained social `untouchables` with restricted access to education and jobs, only a minuscule 2,996 transgenders in Tamil Nadu enrolled themselves in the 5.3 crore strong voters list.
While safety in public transport has become a cause of serious concern specially for the women, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has suggested deployment of transgenders as Civil Defense Wardens in city buses during odd hours.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre and state governments to make their stand clear by September 6 on declaring transgenders as citizens under a third gender category and giving them equal protection and rights.