Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has recently issued a Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) to a bureaucrat mentioning him as a ‘eunuch’ and when the bureaucrat complained the authority about mistake the officials asked him to present a medical certificate establishing his gender as male.


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According to a report of senior journalist Umar Cheema the mistake was made during the entry of data at NADRA. He believes the bureaucrat was also partly at fault besides the data entry operator, as according to the procedure the applicant is asked to double check the information once the registrations process finishes.

“If the operator inadvertently hit the wrong key, the bureaucrat also didn’t check the information whereas the Nadra’s SOP demands proof for altering the submitted details.

The report further adds that third option has been created in the gender column for CNIC applicants to accommodate eunuchs in line with the landmark verdict of the Supreme Court, only a small number of eunuchs have been registered so far.

Only 1,432 eunuchs have been registered to-date in contrast to the estimated figure of 80,000 to 300,000 presented by the provincial social welfare departments before the apex court, the report said.

Umar Cheema also claims that NADRA data entry operators made mistakes in many other cases as well i.e. in a case the officials declared a father of three children a eunuch during CNIC registration.