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Why in news?

  • The Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 recently after certain amendments.

 How has the legislation evolved?

  • “Other,” a Gender Option
  • Setting up of Expert Committee
  • Supreme Court Giving Recognition
  • Framing Legislation
  • The Bill had many progressive clauses
  • Introduction of Bill

Highlights of the original bill?

  • Employment
  • Self-perceived gender identity
  • Certificate of identity as proof
  • grievance redressal mechanism
  • To establish a National Council for Transgenders.
  • Welfare schemes and programmes
  • Crime to push transgender persons into begging
  • The rights of transgender persons to live with their families without exclusion

Re-definition of Trans-persons

  • The amendments passed include a change in the previous definition of transgender persons as “neither wholly female nor wholly male”, which was criticised as being insensitive.
  • The new definition terms a transgender person as one “whose gender does not match the gender assigned to that person at birth and includes trans-men or trans-women, persons with intersex variations, gender-queers, and persons having socio-cultural identities such as kinnar, hijras, aravani and jogta”.

Concerns with the recent amendments?

  • Identification
  • Employment
  • Reservation
  • Rehabilitation


  • The legal developments relating to the rights of transgender persons have led to the emergence of many stories that showcase greater inclusion and acceptance of transgender persons in the society.
  • The recent legal developments will give transgender persons the space to build the life they desire for themselves.
  • The community will no longer need to hide their identity to be a part of society, and they will be able to pursue their education, get jobs and participate as equal citizens.
  • This is an important step for building an inclusive, accessible and diverse India.


  • Iconic step
  • Life of dignity and equality
  • Basic human right
  • However, it is a very small step .

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