Social Justice ministry redrafts rights of transgenders

Thursday, Apr 7, 2016,11:09 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Forcing a transgender to leave a village or residence, forcibly removing their clothes and parading them naked or enticing them to beg or do similar forms of bonded labour will be treated as atrocities and violence against them.

According to the new redrafted Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, which has been cleared by a committee from the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, had included a chapter detailing a series of offences which shall be treated as atrocity and violence against transgender people.

The Draft of the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill has been referred for inter-ministerial consultation by the Ministry. The Bill was redrafted and approved by a committee constituted under the chairmanship of the Secretary from the Ministry.

The offences include forcibly removing clothes of a person of the transgender community, parading them naked or committing any act that is derogatory to human dignity, and compelling or enticing a transgender to beg or do similar forms of forced or bonded labour other than any compulsory service for public purposes imposed by government.

It also includes wrongfully dispossessing a transgender from his or her land or premises and forcing or causing a transgender to leave house, village or other place of residence. Intentionally insulting or intimidating with intent to humiliate a transgender person in any place within public view, assaulting or using force on them to dishonour or outrage their modesty, denying the right of passage to a place of public resort and preventing them from using such a resort which others members have a right to use or access will fall within the ambit of atrocities.

The Bill has been redrafted and new chapters and provisions have been included following inputs from stakeholders concerned during the pre-legislative consultation meeting held on January 18. It has now been referred for inter-ministerial consultation, said a senior official of the Ministry.

As per the redrafted Bill, the Union government will, by a notification, constitute a National Council for Transgender Persons to advise central and state governments on the entire gamut of issues related to transgenders for improvement of their quality of life.

Also, transgenders who by birth do not belong to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes may be declared as Backward Class and would be entitled for reservation under the existing ceiling of OBC category, according to a draft Bill.

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