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Parliament Passes Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 Despite Mass Protests [Read Bill]

Lawstreet Journal 26 Nov 2019 11:41pm

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The Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, was passed by the Parliament today (November 26, 2019) when the Rajya Sabha gave it a go-ahead without seeking any amendments despite the fact that more than a thousand citizens marched the streets of Delhi on November 24, 2019, in support of India’s sexual diversity and raised their voices against the horrors of the bill. 

The bill was introduced by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot on July 19, 2019, and passed by the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019. Apparently, the Government introduced this bill “to provide for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare” supposedly in alignment with the views expressed by the Supreme Court in the matter.

The Supreme Court on April 15, 2014, in the case of National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India AIR 2014 SC 1863 held that the Transgender community had the right to be identified as the third gender and the Central & State Governments should frame schemes for protection against discrimination and the welfare, education, reservation and medical care of the community.

The main concern of the protestors was that the bill was in direct contradiction with the Supreme Court’s verdict in relation to prohibition of discrimination and recognition of transgender people as the “third gender”. Citizens were reported quoting that the bill itself propagated discrimination against the community by calling for registration first as a transgender and then asking for certain “medical inspection procedures” to confirm change of identity on paper… Continue Reading...

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