The Indian state asked all colleges receiving state funding, or which are run by the government, to offer separate facilities, according to Mashable. One student told reporters: “I’ve always had trouble using the girls’ toilet. This is a big step. When I took admission, there was no option for the ‘third gender. Hence, I had to enrol as a female.”
The Supreme Court issued a landmark verdict in April 2014, creating a new category that allows transgender people to identify themselves as such on official documents, and recognising them for the first time. In India, transgender people, known culturally as Hijras, often consider themselves to be a third gender which is neither male nor female.