First transgender lawyer of India enrolls into bar council

Updated: 05:29 GMT, Jul 4, 2018 | Published: 04:24 GMT, Jul 1, 2018 |

Sathyasri Sharmila registered with the Madras Bar Council on Saturday (June 30) to become the first transgender lawyer of the country.

It was my dream to become a judge and I want to see members of my community achieve great successes in their respective fields, said Sathya Sri.

In a landmark judgment in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that transgender people had equal rights under the law, and granted legal status to the third gender.

However, transgender in India continue to face persistent bias.

Transgender people are thrown out of their homes by their families, lack a formal education and are denied jobs. They are forced into sex work, begging or dancing at weddings to make a living.

Transgender people were included in India’s census survey of 2011 for the first time. There are 490,000 transgender people in the country, according to official data, a number that activists say is only a fraction of the real number.

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