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Transgender Persons Bill, 2016

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On 19 November 2017, a national newspaper, the Indian Express, carried a front-page report that says that the government has rejected all the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016. Instead, the government will be tabling an earlier, unamended version in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government of India has failed the trans, intersex, and gender variant citizens in spite of making grand promises. This news is terribly disappointing to say the least, and outrage has been expressed by many trans and intersex activists. The bill, in its current form, does not uphold the right to self-identify gender, proposes that physical screenings by district screening committees be used to certify trans, gender variant, and intersex people as transgender, offers token measures in the name of anti-discrimination, and refuses to recognise the distinct, even though sometimes overlapping, concerns of trans and gender variant individuals from intersex persons.

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Updated On : 4th Dec, 2017

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