‘Transgender Persons Act 2019, Rules 2020 need to be implemented urgently’

Considering the stigma, discrimination and victimisation faced by trans-community in Manipur, the authority concerned should take up the initiative to implement the act at earliest, AMANA secretary Shanta Khurai said.


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The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 and rules 2020 need to be implemented in the state urgently, considering the stigma, discrimination and victimisations faced by transgender community, said secretary of All Manipur Nupi Maanbi Association (AMANA) Shanta Khurai on Tuesday.

She was speaking at the state level consultation workshop on ‘Implementation of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 and Rules 2020’ held at conference Hall, ADR Complex, Lamphelpat.

The programme was organised by Manipur State Legal services Authority (MASLA) in collaboration with AMANA, Solidarity and Action against the HIV Infection in India (SAATHI) and Empowering Trans Ability (ETA).

Shanta said that act has been passed but yet to be implemented in the state as it is in the draft rule form. In it, there are lots more to be changed so that it may be suitable with state context. To make this successful, there is a requirement to create continuous awareness among the trans-community and various government stakeholders, she added.

Considering the stigma, discrimination and victimisation faced by trans-community in the state, the authority concerned should take up the initiative to implement the act at earliest in the state, she added.

Citing the loopholes in the act, she said that the act does not mention about providing reservations to transgender community. However, maximum members of the said community are socio-economically deprived, she further said adding inclusion of the provision to give reservations to transgender is highly needed.

As a part of the programme, presentations on topics related to transgender community were given by various resource persons.

First Published:March 23, 2021, 11:40 p.m.

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