Hyderabad: The Telugu States will be represented well at the protests to be organised in New Delhi aimed at stalling the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, with more than 100 activists from the local community set to join the event.
About 50 activists each from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are preparing to leave for New Delhi, Telangana Hijra Transgender Samithi president M Rachana told Telangana Today.
The Bill might be taken up for discussion and voting in the Parliament anytime from December 18 onwards, transgender community activists said, adding that the movement to stop the Bill for its “unfair and discriminatory components” was gaining ground. “We have support from several women’s collectives, Dalit collectives, and all political parties except BJP,” said Rachana.
The protests will be held from 10 am to 12 pm every day from December 14 to December 20. Sansad Marg, the street leading to Parliament, has been finalised as the venue for the protests.
Accommodation for more than 1,000 trans activists from across the country has been arranged at Gandhi Peace Foundation near Pragati Maidan in the national capital. “Every day, after the protests, we will present memorandums to Members of Parliament (MPs), explaining our objections to the Bill. We fail to understand how the Central government plans to reject the recommendations suggested by its own Parliamentary Standing Committee. The Bill, if approved, will be a disaster for the transgender community,” Rachana said.
Trans activists say the community will benefit by a Bill only if it was based on the historic Supreme Court ruling in the NALSA v/s Union of India case, which gave the community the right to self-identification of gender, and a promise of reservations in educational institutions and jobs. The judgement had also said all Constitutional Rights were applicable equally to the transgender community, or the ‘third gender’.