Legal change of name and gender in India: a SAATHII webinar-discussion | June 30, 2020, 4-6pm
For many transgender persons, change of legal name and gender markers to align with our true (as opposed to assigned) identity is an important rite of passage. In India the process of legal name-gender change is complicated, often varying by state, document and authority (e.g. gazette, school education departments, universities, Aadhaar (UIDAI), Income Tax, Voter's ID, passport).
Though the Supreme Court, in its NALSA verdict of 2014, asserted that requiring medical procedures for change of name and gender is illegal and immoral, this requirement persists across many states and authorities. A surgery certificate has also been made essential for change within the gender binary (male to female, and vice versa) in draft rules formulated for the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. Several community groups have contested these rules, pointing out they are in violation of NALSA.
SAATHII is partnering with human rights lawyer Tripti Tandon of the Lawyers Collective to organise an online session around current procedures for name-gender change, and changes that may be expected for those who are in the midst of changing these markers, and those who anticipate changing them after the rules are finalised.
This event is brought to you by Project Samata, an initiative working towards inclusive health, education, livelihood, laws and policies in the Delhi NCR area. It is open to people across the country, but requires prior registration at https://tinyurl.com/name-gender-change-june30
Date and time of the session: June 30, 2020 | 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Topic: Webinar-discussion on how to legally change name and gender identity in India
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