What Pakistan did for Transexuals, when no one couldn’t.
It’s not often that I can look to my country of birth and remark, “Hey I guess we got that one right”; but living in an era so divided, political issues and hatred feeling at a boiling point above average — I am reminded, that there is something to be proud of.
A reminder, of what Pakistan did for Transexuals and to prevent discrimination based on Gender-Identity — when not even the West could.
Transgender persons will be able to register to obtain a driver’s licence and passport. They will have the option to get their gender changed in National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) records.
Harassment of transgenders will be prohibited in and outside their homes.
Trans persons will not be discriminated against by educational institutions, employers, in trade and health services, and when using public transport and buying or selling or renting property They will also not be dismissed because of their gender identity.
The government will establish a safe house for transgenders and provide them medical and educational facilities and psychological counselling.
Separate rooms will be established at jails where transgenders could be detained.
Law enforcement agencies personnel will be sensitised to the rights of transgender people.
Trans persons will be provided loans to start businesses on easy conditions.
In addition to all basic rights, they will be entitled to inherit property.
The government will take steps to ensure employment opportunities for transgenders.
Transgenders will have the right to vote in all national, provincial and local government elections and they will not be discriminated against in their pursuit of a public office.
They will have the right to assemble and access to public and entertainment sports.
Anyone found guilty of forcing a transgender person to beg will be sentenced to six months in prison and served a fine of Rs50,000.
The Official Bill cited below:
STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS:
Transgender people constitute one of the most marginalised communities in the country and they face problems ranging from social exclusion to discrimination, lack of education facilities, unemployment, lack of medical facilities and so on.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan passed a ruling in 2009 stating that no Pakistani laws provide room to disenfranchise “eunuchs” from their fundamental rights.
Though Article 25 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan guarantees to all citizens equality before law, clause (1) of Article 26 and clause (1) of Article 27, inter alia prohibit, in explicit terms, discrimination on the basis of sex and Article 19 ensures freedom of speech and expression to all citizens, yet the discrimination and atrocities against Transgender Persons continue to take place.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017 seeks to:
(i) define a Transgender Person;
(ii) prohibit discrimination against Transgender Persons;
(iii) confer right upon Transgender Persons to be recognised as such, and a right to self-perceived gender identity;
(iv) provide that no establishment shall discriminate against Transgender Persons in matters relating to employment, recruitment, promotion, education and other related issues; and
(v) provide for welfare measures by the Government for Transgender
The Bill seeks to achieve the above objects.