“Will delete ‘eunuchs’ from Police Act”

In a relief to the transgender community, the Karnataka government on Tuesday told the High Court that it would delete the word “eunuchs” from Section 36-A of the Karnataka Police Act, which gives powers to the police to “regulate eunuchs.”

However, the government said it could not do away with Section 36-A. A suitable word would be included instead.

A government counsel made the submission in this regard before a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath during the hearing of a PIL, filed by the Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum, seeking a direction from the court to declare Section 36-A as “unconstitutional”.