Transgender Act case: Nadra does not have any procedure to determine sex, says lawyer
Law does not let married persons to change sex, Farhatullah Babar tells FSC
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The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has put off the hearing in the Transgender Act case till December 7.
According to 24NewsHD TV channel, a two-judge bench headed by the acting chief justice took up the pleas against the Transgender Act.
Can a married person also undergo gender reassignment? the court asked. According to Farhatullah Babar, the law does not allow a married person to change sex.
He added the Act be applied to unmarried people when it can't be applied to married persons to change sex. Before this law, the rights of the transgender community were being violated. The biggest objection to the act is the definition of transgender.
Does Nadra have any mechanism to determine gender before issuing an ID card? The court questioned. The authority does not have any procedure to determine gender, the lawyer replied. There is no clear-cut verse in Holy Quran about transgender, Farhat said in reply to a court query
The law was made to accord the citizens the right to self-identify as male, female or a blend of both genders, and to have that identity registered on all official documents, including National Identification Cards, passports, driver’s licenses and education certificates.
The law guarantees citizens the right to express their gender as they wish, and to a gender identity that is defined as “a person’s innermost and individual sense of self. A number of individuals have been allowed to become a party in the case.