24 April, New Delhi
The Rajya Sabha Friday unanimously passed a private member’s bill to protect the rights of transgender.
It is the first private members bill to be passed in 46 years. The Bill was moved by DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva.
The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill- 2014 seeks to provide for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for ensuring overall development of the transgender persons and their welfare.
The bill also provides two percent reservation in primary, secondary and higher eduction and in government jobs.
Establishment of Employment Exchange, National and State Commissions for Trasngender Persons and Special Transgender Rights Courts are other main features of the Bill. No child who is transgender will be separated from his or her parents on the grounds of being a transgender except on an order of competent court.
The government will take necessary steps to ensure that transgender persons enjoy the right to life with dignity and liberty, guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Bill provides for penalty for hate speech which includes imprisonment extending upto one year and with fine.