Trans Bill 2018: “A law that defeats its purpose”
Jayna Kothari criticizes the Transgender Bill emphasising that it "omits positive rights and ignores the protections of the NALSA judgment
Jayna Kothari, writing for The Hindu, criticizes The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. The Lok Sabha passed the bill on December 17th 2018.
Ms. Kothari describes the Bill as “a law that defeats its purpose”. She emphasises that it “omits positive rights and ignores the protections of the NALSA judgment“. She raises the following concerns:
- It does not allow transgender and intersex persons to self-identify their gender
- It does not provide “for any reservation” for transgender and intersex persons
- It criminalises the trans community, by making it a criminal offense to compel a transgender person into begging
- It fails to provides a gamut of positive rights, such as the rights to inheritance and adoption.
Read the full article, in The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-law-that-defeats-its-purpose/article25854190.ece