Transgender Persons bill passed in Lok Sabha

Published: Aug 06, 2019, 10:10 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The Transgender Persons Bill, 2019 was passed after a reply by Minister of State for Social Justice, Rattan Lal Kataria

Transgender Persons bill passed in Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha passes bill to prohibit discrimination against transgenders. Pic courtesy/Twitter/IANS

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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With inputs from PTI

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