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Transgender Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Transgender Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, was passed on 17 Dec with 27 amendments introduced by the central government.

Transgender Persons Bill 2016

The Bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha in August 2016, following which it was sent to a 31-member parliamentary standing committee. 

The amendments passed on 17 Dec include a change in the previous definition of transgender persons as “neither wholly female nor wholly male”, which was criticized as being insensitive.

The new definition terms a transgender person as one “whose gender does not match the gender assigned to that person at birth and includes trans-men or trans-women, persons with intersex variations, gender-queers, and persons having socio-cultural identities such as kinnar, hijras, aravani and jogta”.

Transgender: A community left behind by society

Supreme Court, in the landmark April 2014 NALSA judgment, had issued a directive “to extend all kinds of reservations in cases of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments” by treating transgender persons as socially and educationally backward classes.

They were to be given reservations under the 27 per cent OBC quota, a suggestion that was also endorsed by the National Commission for Backward Classes in its recommendations to the Social Justice Ministry in 2014.

However, there are some controversies still linger such as the transgender certificate will be provided by the government. It means they can’t identify themselves without the permission of the government.

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