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Parliamentary panel working on transgender bill

The new law will help bring the transgenders into the mainstream of society

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 9 2016 3:08PM | Updated Date: Oct 9 2016 3:08PM

Parliamentary panel working on transgender bill

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which seeks to define the term transgender and prohibits discrimination against the community, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session.

Now the parliamentary panel has looking to strengthen the Transgender Bill and invited public suggestions in this regard.
The panel needs suggestion with an aim to involve the community in mainstream society and making of the law which seeks to protect their rights.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan later referred the Bill, as introduced in the Lower House, to the Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment for examining it. The Bill was referred to the committee amid criticism from a section of the transgender community.
"Considering the implications of the proposed legislation for protection of the rights of transgender, the standing committee decided to invite suggestions from the public and NGOs, stakeholders and Institutions in particular," according to an official statement.
The Bill confers the right upon transgender persons to be recognised as such and also grants them the right to "self- perceived" gender identity.
It provides for grievance redress mechanism within each establishment to ensure rights of transgenders are protected and they are insulated from harassment or discrimination.