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Transgender persons can declare sex without medical exam: Centre

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said transgender persons who wish to declare their sex will no longer need to undergo a medical examination for this purpose, reports Indian Express. The ministry issued the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules 2020 on Monday, a draft of which was first issues in July asking for critique from the community.

The draft was heavily criticised by LGBT groups who said that the rules took away their dignity by mandating the need for third-party verification for certifying a person's gender. Now, the district magistrate will issue the certificate based on an affidavit filed by a transgender, declaring their sex as self-perceived by them.

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