I posted about a month ago about India's decision to allow people to choose "O" for "other" under gender in voter registration forms. Today, I found this story from Reuters on the Pakistani Supreme Court requiring the government to allow hijras to denote their gender on their national ID cards, a separate category from male or female.
Local hijra activists think the decision will help the hijra population in Pakistan:
"The government's registration authority has been directed to include a separate column in national identity cards showing them as hijras," Mohammad Aslam Khaki, a lawyer for hijras told Reuters.
"By doing so, they think they will get a distinct identity and it will help them get their rights."
A hijra association welcomed Chaudhry's order, saying it would ease their suffering.
"It's the first time in the 62-year history of Pakistan that such steps are being taken for our welfare," the association's president, who goes by the name Almas Bobby, told Reuters.
"It's a major step toward giving us respect and identity in society. We are slowly getting respect in society. Now people recognize that we are also human beings."
Khaki said the court also ordered the government to evolve a mechanism to ensure that hijras are not harassed and also take steps to ensure their inheritance rights.