Towards Equality and Inclusivity: The Case of Transgender Horizontal Reservation

Author: Neha Maria Benny


This article delves into the need for horizontal reservation for transgender individuals in India, particularly after the recent Madras High Court judgement. It examines the concept, distinguishing it from vertical reservation, explains its rationale for advancing transgender rights, and discusses the limitations of vertical reservation. The paper also provides insights into the current state of transgender reservation, offering an overview of existing policies, legislative frameworks and challenges. The paper then presents a set of policy recommendations, outlining the advantages of implementing horizontal reservation, its alignment with international human rights standards, and the potential impact on transgender inclusion and empowerment.