Hyderabad: The transgender community in the city have opposed and protested the passing of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 and Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 which were recently passed by the Lok Sabha saying they violate more rights than protecting.
On December 17, the Lok Sabha passed the Government of India’s Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018, with 27 amendments to its previous version. Transgender, intersex and gender non confirming community from across the country and allies have together opposed this amended Bill, which apart from an improved definition of the term transgender, continued to be unacceptable. These communities also opposed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 which was passed on July 26 in the Lok Sabha. Both Bills were pending before the Rajya Sabha now.
“The Transgender Persons Protection Bill was passed without taking any of our opinions into consideration. It should be more appropriately retitled the Transgender Persons (Violation of Rights) Bills, since it violates more rights than it protects. The version of the Bill passed upholds criminalisation of trans people for organised begging, while denying any job opportunities, education, health schemes via reservation,” said Vyjayanti, an activist.
Chandramukhi Muvvala, the first transgender person to contest in the State in recent elections, said, “The Modi government is focused on restricting transgender people with the Bill. They are trying to forcibly implement it on us.” The JAC said they would intensify the protest until the Bill was cancelled.