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Parliament Passes Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill

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New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill on protection of rights of transgenders after a motion to refer it to a Select Committee of the Upper House was defeated. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on August 5 this year.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, seeks to provide a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of transgenders and was moved for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on November 20.

The bill was cleared despite the opposition’s efforts to send the bill to the select committee. The government got 74 votes defeating the opposition motion, which only garnered 55 votes.

Salient Features

The Bill defines a transgender person as one whose gender does not match the gender assigned at birth. It includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations, gender-queers, and persons with socio-cultural identities

It prohibits discrimination against a transgender person, including denial of service or unfair treatment in relation to: (1) education; (2) employment; (3) healthcare; (4) access to, or enjoyment of goods, facilities, opportunities available to the public; (5) right to movement;(6) right to reside, rent, or otherwise occupy property;(8) access to a government or private establishment in whose care or custody a transgender person is.

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