Thursday, April 28, 2005

News Updates - Passport Application "Sex Options"

This is just the first of a bunch of news updates I have from Google. I apologize for holding on to these for so long.

From Calcutta's The Telegraph, a opinion piece on some recent changes to the passport application form. They have added "E" to the M/F option on this form. The E stands for Eunuch and is on the web version of the passport application.
While this is labeled part of the "Opinion" section of this paper, there seems to be little of it. It does recap, briefly, the recent activities of the community in politics. It also does raise the question about members of the hijra community who are not eunuchs (a reference to those who have not yet gone through the surgery) and when these changes will make their way beyond passport applications.

I looked into this and there is an option for Eunuchs to signify this as their sex. If you look at the actual passport application, it only has the written option of Male or Female, but the instructions for the application signify that if you are a Eunuch you should write E in the space.

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