Rajya Sabha passes “The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill” 2014 [ Current Affairs ]


Indian Parliament of Rajya Sabha unanimously passed The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 by DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva to protect the rights of transgender persons. Bill is the first private members bill to be passed in 46 years. In the past, 14 Private Members’ Bills have been passed. At present, the bill will go to the Lok Sabha for the passage.

Important factor of The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 –

  1. Seeks to provide framework for the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive national policy for ensuring overall development of the transgender persons and their welfare.
  2. 2% reservation in primary, secondary and higher education and in government jobs. Establishment of Employment Exchange, National and State Commissions for Transgender Persons and Special Transgender Rights Courts.
  3. No child who is transgender will be separated from his or her parents on the grounds of being a transgender except on an order of competent court.
  4. Penalty for hate speech against transgender persons includes imprisonment extending up to one year and with fine.

According to the bill, it will help government take necessary steps in order to ensure that transgender persons enjoy the right to life with dignity and to personal liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.

At present, it should be noted that 29 nations and leading democracies in the world. These countries are US; UK, Canada, France, Australia, Italy and Singapore have legislations protecting rights of transgender persons.

- Published on: April 30, 2015