SC issues notice in a plea seeking establishment of Transgender Welfare Board

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a notice in a PIL that sought the establishment of a Transgender Welfare Board to address issues faced by Tranpersons and the formation of a committee to investigate reports of abuse meted out by the police against trans persons.

A Bench headed by Hon’ble Chief Justice Bobde heard the contentions and asked the petitioner’s counsel to file details of legislation that may govern the Transgender Welfare Board.

The Court then issued notices in the PIL.

The plea shed light on the harassment and suffering faced by trans persons in matters related to education, health, employment and housing, etc. This, in turn, restricts them from cultural and social participation.

Due to social ostracization, Trans persons get restricted access to public places, education and health care, which further deprives them of their Constitutional Rights of equal protection of law and equality before the law.

The plea further reads that despite the passing of the TransAct, the problems faced by Trans persons have not been fully addressed, and the State has taken no initiatives to protect the fundamental rights of such people.

As per the petition, there are several contradictions in the Trans Act, and it is inadequate on several fronts. It was further stated that various human rights groups and Trans activists had criticized the Act. As lawmakers did not consider the activists’ concerns, the law would violate the rights of the trans community.

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It has been prayed that a Transgender Welfare Board should be established to address the Trans persons’ concerns and for the formation of a Standing Committee to investigate reports of abuse against trans people by police.

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