Marked as males till last year, this transgender family to be finally counted in Census 2011 – Sukhdeep Kaur

Once lecturer now spiritual guru, Puneet Mahant did it all for right to dignity

Ten years ago, Census 2001 had marked them as males. Again last year, this husband and wife were asked to fill in the forms as males during a survey for Punjab government jobs. Now, Census 2011, for the first time, has given Puneet Mahant and Poonam Mahant the right to mark their identity as what they are Рtransgenders. But this family’s fight for right to dignity started many years before, through education.