Transgenders to get special treatment in govt departments
Members of the transgender community from now on will get special protocol in all government departments as Rights Protection Act Rules 2020 were submitted to the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
In order to better protect the rights of the transgender community, the federal government has made rules which have already been introduced in several countries.
The Ministry for Human Rights has issued a notification in this regard following the cabinet’s approval.
According to these rules, there will be separate queues for the people belonging to this community and also special officers which would look into their complaints only.
Apart from that, they will be facilitated if they plan to perform Hajj or Umrah.
Similarly, a separate procedure has been introduced for them to apply for identity cards, passports and licences.
In case they are arrested, they will be taken to the police stations or courts in separate vans and separate lockups and jails will be designated for them. Besides that their washrooms will also be separate from others.
Under the rules, they will be provided shelter in separate buildings of Darul Amaan.
Under the rules, all government departments will now be bound to make policies to facilitate the transgender.
No male cop would now arrest a transgender; only a policeman, who would also be a transgender, would be authorised to take member of his own community into custody.
Similarly, the rules say that free legal counselling would be provided to members of this community while they will also be given an option to get education free of cost.
There will be an officer of the rank of commissioner at the federal ombudsman’s office to look into complaints of these people.
Likewise, transgender have been put X category in terms of their sex.
They will now be able to cast their votes at separate polling booths.
As per the new rules, there will be special officers at NADRA and passport offices who would guide members of this community.