Will the new bill do any good to transgenders?
July 27 : Giving a new way out to the transgender community, Union Cabinet passed Transgender Persons Bill, 2016 which is for the protection of their rights.
As per the bill, now transgenders will be considered as the third gender in the society. It also includes strict punishment for offences made against them.
Before the law was cleared, transgenders belong to every class of the society have faced difficulties, humiliation and non-acceptance. But now however, the new law will give them a way out to establish themselves as individuals as one of other genders of the society.
According to The Indian express, ”the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, headed by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, had circulated a draft Cabinet note on the ‘Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2016’ to all ministries for their comments on March 23. It proposed imprisonment of at least six months — and not more than two years — along with a penalty for people found guilty of compelling a transgender person to beg, denying them access to a public place, forcing or causing a transgender person to leave his/her house or village, and harming or injuring their physical or mental well-being.”
According to the 2011 Census, there are five lakh transgender persons in the country. ”Among the other provisions of the bill, forcing a transgender into bonded labour or inciting them to beg, dispossessing them from their land or forcing them to leave their home/village and removing their clothes will be treated as offence punishable with up to two years in jail and fine”, HT reports.
For the first time in our country, the goevrnment has taken such a drastic step towards the removing discrimination among everyone in the country. Things now seem to be falling in place slowly and steadily.