Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien
UN India Resident Coordinator
28 Nov 2019
On Constitution Day, 26 November 2019, the regressive Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha despite crucial objections raised by Opposition Members of Parliament.
This bill has not been made in consultation with India’s transgender community, the very people it is supposed to protect and empower. In fact, the Bill violates the Supreme Court’s NALSA judgment spotlighting the fundamental right to self-determination of gender identity.
Trans rights activists and community leaders have made several appeals and recommendations with their objections to this Bill, but they have been entirely ignored.
Ask UN India Resident Coordinator to publicly condemn this bill. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind needs to send this bill that does more harm than good back to the drawing board.
Transgender members of our society are equally protected by the Indian Constitution. They have a right to be involved in making laws that affect their lives, bodies and identities.
The Trans Rights Bill 2019 should be rejected entirely, and a new bill should be made in consultation with the trans community.
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