Women

Post surgery she gets her female gender identity voter card

November 05, 2017 02:42 PM
Born Yogesh Vaishnav vote as Manvi Vaishnav, 31

 Ahmedabad: It will be a defining moment in the life of Manvi Vaishnav, 31, who will exercise her franchise on December 14 using her new Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC). Born Yogesh Vaishnav, Manvi has struggled a lot -she left home as a child, lived with eunuchs before undergoing sex revision surgery in March 2017 -to evolve into a beautiful woman that she always knew was trapped inside a male body.

Ms Patel says “I wish the new government will be compassionate to the problems faced by people like us and offers medical and surgical solutions at government hospitals. Most people like us are fighting a lone battle without family support and have no financial means to fund complicated surgeries.“

“After the operation, I obtained a certificate from the civil surgeon and got a gazette notification done. It was then that I approached the election officers with supporting documents and made changes in my voter ID card.It will be a major moment in my life when I will stand in a woman's queue and cast my vote,“ Manvi, who works with an NGO, said.

Aakruti Patel (27), born Yogesh Patel in Thasra,

Vadodara-resident Aakruti Patel (27), born Yogesh Patel in Thasra, Bharuch, will also cast her vote to elect the state's government for the next five years on a woman's ID card.

Aakruti recalls her struggle with confusion over her gender identity in younger days as she was born a boy, she felt like a girl.

After she realized that she was indeed a girl within a male body and decided to go for sex revision surgery , she fought a six-year battle to ensure that transsexuals are offered sex change surgery either gratis or at subsidised rates at government hospitals. While the state government formed a panel to look into cases like hers, she decided not to waste any more time and opted for surgery at a private hospital in 2015.

Interestingly, Aakruti got her name and gender changed in her ID papers even before she opted to go under the scalpel.

“I had to give affidavits with reports of doctors and my submission that I would be undergoing sex revision surgery to establish my identity as a woman. I got myself registered as a voter in 2013 and even got an EPIC. Using it, I was able to get a PAN card and Aadhaar,“ Patel, who works with Lakshya Trust for the LGBT community , said.

“I wish the new government will be compassionate to the problems faced by people like us and offers medical and surgical solutions at government hospitals. Most people like us are fighting a lone battle without family support and have no financial means to fund complicated surgeries.“

 

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