Transgender Persons bill passed in Lok Sabha
The Transgender Persons Bill, 2019 was passed after a reply by Minister of State for Social Justice, Rattan Lal Kataria
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill that seeks to prohibit discrimination against transgender persons, including in matters of employment, and provides for giving certificates of identity to them. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 was passed after a reply by Rattan Lal Kataria, the Minister of State for Social Justice.
A Bill seeking to empower #transgenders by defining their identity and prohibition of discrimination against them was on Aug 5 passed in the #LokSabha amid the opposition's protest in the House over the #Centre's unprecedented restrictions in #JammuandKashmir.— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) August 5, 2019
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He stated that transgenders have been facing discrimination and sometimes find it difficult even to rent a house. The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill noted that the transgender community is one of the most marginalised communities in the country because they do not fit into the general categories of gender - male and female.
It states that transgender persons face problems, ranging from lack of education facilities, social exclusion to discrimination, unemployment and dearth of medical facilities. The Bill seeks to define the expression "transgender person", prohibit discrimination against them, confer them right to self-perceived gender identity and provide that no establishment shall discriminate against them in matters of employment, promotion, recruitment and other related issues.
Union Cabinet approves The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019.— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2019
The Bill also provides for establishing a National Council for Transgender Persons and providing punishment for contraventions of the provisions of the proposed legislation and grievance redressal mechanism. The Bill was passed by the previous Lok Sabha but it was pending for consideration and passing in the Rajya Sabha and lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.
With inputs from PTI
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