Bombay High Court Allows Transgender To Contest Election In Female Category

Bombay High Court passes a judgement in favour of Anjali Guru Sanjana Jaan, allowing her to contest Gram Panchayat elections under the female category.

Sania Kader

January 12, 2021

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The Bombay High court on January 2, 2021, allowed a transgender woman in the Gram Panchayat elections to contest as a woman candidate. The order came in after the transgender candidate challenged a court ruling passed on December 31, 2020, regarding her gender identity. The case took off when an officer rejected the candidate, Anjali Guru Sanjana Jaan’s nomination form which specified that the candidate was female since there was no option available for transgender candidates. The court ordered that the candidate is free to choose their gender since the law gives them the right to self-perceived their identity. The judgement was highly appreciated by the people since it was important to address the issue and give Anjali the right to contest Gram Panchayat elections.

Here is a look at the ZEE5 video with details related to the court order in the Anjali Guru Sanjana Jaan case:

A single bench jury with Justice Ravindra Ghuge passed a significant order on January 2, allowing Anjali Guru Sanjana Jaan to contest the Gram Panchayat election under the gender category of her choice. Since the nomination form does not give a specific gender option to the transgender candidate, Anjali decided to check off the female option since she has always opted for the female option whenever she had to choose between the two genders. Her advocate also specified that her choice will not change in the future so she should be allowed to contest the Gram Panchayat election under the same identity.

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The petition was filed by Anjali Guru Sanjana Jaan herself as she wanted to challenge the judgement which was previously passed in favour of the other party. Ravindra Ghuge stated that a transgender candidate has the right to self-perceive according to the Transgender Persons Act of 2019. The initial order was passed by a returning officer who felt that it was not the appropriate option for Anjali. The judgement was highly appreciated by the people as they stood with Anjali on the matter. Immense support was seen on different social media platforms as the LBGTQ+ community celebrated the judgement.

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