India’s Ministry of Sanitation has created new guidelines allowing trans people to use the public restroom of their choice.
‘They should be allowed to use the facility of their choice (men or women) in community or public toilets,’ the ministry said in a statement.
The guidelines were issued to the Swachh Bharat Mission -Gramin – the Clean India Movement. The Indian government set up the mission in 2014 to ‘achieve universal sanitation’.
In the guidelines, the ministry also instructed the Swachh Bharat workers to recruit trans people as ‘Swachhata Champions’. The champions would work to help spread the message of sanitation around the country.
‘Where suitable, their support can be enlisted in engaging communities, and their efforts duly recognized and honoured to break any stigma around them, and also to enable them to use facilities without any embarrassment,’ the statement said.
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In the south western state, Tamil Nadu, more public toilets will be built for trans people.
The Madras High Court ordered the state government to build toilets for trans people in parts of the city where they live in larger numbers.
‘Since a larger issue is involved in this matter, we direct the petitioner to take the survey and submit a report facilitating the department [Corporation of Chennai] to take appropriate steps to build exclusive public toilets–cum-bathroom for third genders where they live in large numbers,’ the court said in its order.