Asserting the Transgender Dignity: In Development of equality in equity

Posted by Meghna Mathur
November 10, 2017

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This will come s no surprise to those who read my Article – I am a conservative. I also support the rights of transgendered people and people of other sexual orientations to live their lives free of harassessment and to full protection and privileges of the law.

I also believe that God loves all of his children.

Now, with that said, I also believe a person can and should raise issues about transgenderism that challenges it. Without challenge we just have group think and that is dangerous.

For example, we know we have people struggling with their gender identity. As compassionate human beings, we should care about their pain and work to help them alleviate it. My question is we know the mind and body are in conflict but why always assume it is the body that is “wrong” and that physically changing the body will resolve the conflict and ease the pain?

Also, I oppose hormone treatments for children. This isn’t anti-transgender but based on a belief that children are not developed adults and artificially delaying or changing their development does more harm than good. Be nurturing and accepting of them, but let them develop naturally without chemicals being pumped into them.

We need to be truly tolerant, not just to those with whom you agree. As part of the struggle there are developments took place on many occasions with ups and down of the journey which is followed below.

In a landmark decision accepting transgender person rights by Supreme Court in 2014, popularly referred to as the (National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) judgment and another historically deed to marginalised transgender community had been officially recognised by Judiciary as the third gender in 2015. The transgender persons (protection of rights) Bill, 2016, which seeks to define transgender and prohibit discrimination against them, was introduced in the Lok Sabha, the centre and state governments were directed to extend reservation for socially and educationally backward classes to transgender communities in India. The Central Government shall by notification constitute a National Council for Transgender to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to it, under this Act  to advise the Central Government on the formulation of policies, programmes, legislation and projects with respect to transgender persons;  to monitor and evaluate the impact of policies and programmes designed for achieving equality and full participation of transgender persons;  to review and coordinate the activities of all the Departments of Government and other Governmental and non-Governmental Organisations which are dealing with matters relating to transgender persons;  to perform such other functions as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

The Karnataka state government initiated with the final draft of its policy for transgender and circulated it to all departments for comments and suggestions in 2014 by set up of 11-member sub-committee to frame a policy for transgender persons in Karnataka, in line with the Supreme Court order and the subcommittee submitted a draft policy to the Department of Women and Child Development by July 2014.

The objective of the policy for transgender persons will be to suggest measures for their socio-economic development as well as to take care of health, education and psychological aspects. It will recommend steps to give them opportunities for proper employment or entrepreneurship so that they can live with respect and dignity,”

The Karnataka state took “good move” and set a community hope for something concrete to emerge the developments of “Social, economic and educational aspects for the mobility of the community will to be addressed.

Karnataka state policy for transgender was expected to come before the cabinet on 26th Oct 2017 in the chairmanship of Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Finally the draft transgender policy got approved by the cabinet of Government of Karnataka, which Includes Female to Male, Gender non-conforming, Male to Female, other Transgender identities. Which is largely highlights the education, gender identity, anti-discrimination committee in work place and public etc.

This marks a historic step forward for the transgender rights movement as it demonstrates that the Government of Karnataka has acknowledged the non-discriminatory nature of the policy.

The community welcomes very graciously the Karnataka Transgender Policy finalised by the Karnataka Government.

Furthermore, community members want to move ahead under implementation in to monitor and evaluate the impact of policies and programmes designed for achieving equality and full participation of transgender community and organisation for the welfare of the Transgender communities in Karnataka without any discriminatory process in execution of the Karnataka Transgender Policy 2017.

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