Alisha Patel becomes the first trans-woman to be recognized by the Gujarat government. Alisha receives a transgender identity card after her sex-change operation. She received her transgender identity card after years of struggles and inner turmoil.
Earlier known by her dead name Sandip, Alisha had been suffering for decades and was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria a few years back. Patel received a stamp of recognition in form of her new identity card from the Gujarat government. In an interview with a leading news portal, she said that getting this recognition from the authorities was like a “rebirth” for her. She further added: "After being diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, the transformation process took me three years and cost me Rs 8 lakhs. I am happily living my life as a woman now." Patel also revealed that she knew that she was a woman from inside ever since she turned 12, because of her body language and way of talking.
In addition to this, Surat’s social defense officer Lalji Patel said that receiving a transgender identity card, which was a lengthy process earlier, has now become easier and simple. He also added that one can apply through online registration as well nowadays.