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New Draft Rules for Transgender Persons Act formulated, suggestions called for within 30 days

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jul 2020 8:41pm

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On Monday, 13th July 2020 a new draft was issued after the ministry of social justice and empowerment sought suggestions to the draft rules of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2020 that offered 30 days period to submit further suggestions and objections. 

The new draft includes changes which were submitted by members and activists of the transgender community in May, 2020, including the definition of discrimination based on the internationally recognized human rights proposition laid down by the Yogyakarta Principle, a provision on equal opportunities in employment, and formulation of State and Central schemes on social security, health and welfare for trans communities. 

It also offers a list of suggested welfare schemes such as health, education, housing, welfare schemes, and economic support. Some of the suggestions included providing zero-interest and other micro-finance schemes, employment guarantee schemes such as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, universal access to food security schemes, free gender affirmative surgery, old age homes and shelters for at-risk transgender youth. 

Grace Banu, Tamil Nadu based Trans and Dalit rights activist said, “We need a reservation, and without it any guarantee of protection is empty. But the drafts rules don’t even mention a word of reservation.” 

The new draft has removed the previous provision to penalize “false declaration to obtain a certificate of identity” and further defined decriminalization as: “Any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of gender identity and expression, which was the purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis… Continue Reading...

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