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N.D. VISHNU PRIYA VS. DIRECTORATE OF SCHOOL EDUCATION

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citation:

2016 SCC Online Mad 24301

court:

High Court of Madras

judges:

Justice B Rajendran

KEY FACTS

Vishnu Priya is a transgender woman who applied for changes in her identity documents after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery. She wanted her gender and name to be changed in her passport and educational certificates.

She filed this case for such directions to the concerned Government authorities.

ISSUES & DECISION: 

The Court considered Vishnu Priya’s claim to issue fresh certificates. There were no arguments against her application. The Regional Passport Office required Vishu Priya to submit an affidavit and newspaper publication notifying the public of the name change.

The Court directed the passport office to consider Vishnu Priya’s application expeditiously.

SIGNIFICANCE: 

The Court directed the authorities to make changes to Vishnu Priya’s certificates and passport. The government authorities did not try to argue against this.