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Transgender Bill passed in Lok Sabha

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which aims at defining transgender people and prohibiting discrimination against them, was passed with 27 amendments in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Bill was introduced in the House two years ago.

The amendments moved by the government and those by some Opposition members were considered.

Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar of the Trinamool Congress said the Bill was hastily drafted and the different clauses in it were inconclusive. “First we have to define what transgender means....This Bill has to be returned,” she said.

‘Ready for discussion’

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government was ready for any kind of discussion.

Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said the Bill had been sent to a standing committee and the government had accepted 27 amendments. The Bill was complete and there was no need for more discussion, he said. Its objectives include protecting the interests of transgender people, defining the term “transgender”, giving them recognition and setting up a national transgender council.

Shashi Tharoor of the Congress said the Bill was flawed and failed to define discrimination.

( With PTI inputs )