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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Yes, hijras were brought under the umbrella term of transgender<span style="font-weight: 400;"> and are recognized as “third gender” under the law.<span style="font-weight: 400;"> Transgender is generally described1 as an umbrella term for persons who do not conform to their biological sex and hijras fall under this category. Hijras typically claim to be part of "third gender". Among Hijras, there are emasculated (castrated, nirvana) men, non-emasculated men (not castrated/akva/akka) and inter-sexed persons (hermaphrodites).
- National Legal Services Authority vs. Union of India (UOI) and Ors. (2014)5SCC438 (para 11).
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