Transgender to be recognized as third sex, Rajya Sabha passes Private Member’s Bill to protect their rights

| Friday, April 24, 2015 - 18:50
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NEW DELHI: It is a historic day for the transgender community and a big win for them as in a noteworthy step towards the welfare of the transgender society, the Rajya Sabha on Friday collectively passed a Private Member’s Bill to protect their rights.

The Private Member Bill gives the formulation and execution of a detailed national policy to make sure the overall development and welfare of transgender by the state.

There are 58 clauses and 10 chapters in the Bill showing various aspects of transgender community from childhood to old age, so they are they appropriately supported and integrated in the society. 

A National Transgender Welfare Commission and special transgender court will also be staged.

The last Private Member Bill was passed was in 1970.

The members across the political field had joined hands last month to ask the government to take relevant steps to bring the transgender community facing social disgrace and barring, into mainstream.

The members participating in a debate on DMK member Tiruchi Siva’s ‘The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill 2014’, demanded equal rights for the community which has been in the past subjected to severe unfairness.

“Government must pass a sensitive legislation for transgender community who are often pushed away by the people. It will give credit to new government. They certainly have same rights to enjoy as us,” expressed MS Gill of Congress.

NCP’s DP Tripathi too echoed Gill’s demand and said that the ‘litmus test of any democracy is its treatment to the minorities. Transgender community is treated as despicable’.

A Navaneethakrishnan of AIADMK explained that Tamil Nadu government has done pioneering work for transgender community which should be replicated in other states too.

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