India’s transgender community says new bill violates their rights


India‘s transgender community said on Tuesday (18) a proposed law aimed at protecting their rights could leave the marginalised population more vulnerable to abuse, and urged lawmakers to review the bill. The Transgender Persons Bill was passed on Monday by India‘s lower house of parliament – where the ruling party holds a majority – and is expected to be tabled in the upper house before its winter session ends on Jan. 8. Critics say the bill has many problems, including denying the right of people to self-identify their gender. Instead it proposes that a “screening committee” of experts issue identity certificates…

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