As the Supreme Court hearing on the draft Assam NRC drew to a close on Tuesday, a plea by the State’s transgender community came to the fore.
The All Assam Transgender Association, which is about 20,000 strong, said its members had not been included in the draft NRC. The Register, it seems, mentions only the male and female gender. Only 2,000 had even applied, advocate Anitha Shenoy submitted to a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Nariman.
Justice Gogoi asked Ms. Shenoy why the Association had come so late. “You missed the bus. We cannot re-open the entire exercise now,” Justice Gogoi told Ms. Shenoy. However, the Bench said it did not want to dismiss the plea and kept it pending. It may take it up again on the next date of hearing on August 16.