Transgender Couple Seeks Relaxation in Birth Certificate Norms

KOZHIKODE: The first transgender couple that recently delivered their first child has approached the hospital authorities demanding to register their new gender identity in the birth certificate and other documents of the newborn.

Zahad a transman and Ziya a transwoman gave birth to a baby in Kerala on Wednesday becoming the first transgender couple of India to deliver naturally.

Zahad who was in the midst of his gender transformation detected the pregnancy to which the doctors gave a green signal and the former carried the baby whose gender is yet to be revealed for nine months in his womb. The couples exclusive journey was known in the social circle after their maternity photoshoot went viral on social media platforms.

Zahad demands his name to be registered as the father of the baby and Ziya Paval, his trans woman partner as its mother. The couple has submitted to the Government Medical College Hospital authorities for the same.

“We gave a letter to the hospital authorities in this regard and they assured us that it will be considered. As per the recent verdicts of the Supreme Court and the Transgender Persons Act 2019, we have the right to change our gender,” she said.

“Me and Zahhad are enjoying every bit of these happy days and our parenthood. The happiness of having a biological child is beyond words. This is our own child…no one can stake any claim on our baby…We are confident that the baby won’t leave us one day as we are its actual parents,” an excited Paval added.

The child is being fed breast milk through the breast milk bank run by the hospital. The gender of the baby is yet to be revealed.

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