Kolkata High Court orders inclusion of 'Other' category in WBSSC exam
Atri Kar v. State of West Bengal and Ors., O.A. No. 1201 of 2016, State Administrative Tribunal, West Bengal The Applicant, Atri Kar, is a transgendered person, who was unable to fill up the online West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) application form due to unavailability of the ‘Other’ category in the gender column of the form issued by WBPSC. Atri Kar had cleared the WBSSC examination, is currently a teacher at Kutharipara Govt. School in Hooghly, West Bengal, and is well-qualified as a candidate for the WBCS examination. HRLN Kolkata filed an application on behalf of Atri before the State Administrative Tribunal seeking that Atri be allowed to fill up the form and appear for the examination in the ‘Other’ category within the prescribed deadline. Pursuant to the same, the Tribunal passed an order in favor of the Applicant, allowing them to fill up the form online, and directing that the said form be amended to include a category for the third gender. Following is the key point from the judgment: The Tribunal took the decision of the Supreme Court in W.P. (Civil) No. 400 of 2012 with Writ Petition (Civil) No. 604 of 2013, National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India and Ors. into consideration.