SRINAGAR: The high court on Thursday directed the state government to file objections to a public interest litigation seeking protection of rights of transgenders in Jammu and Kashmir.
A division bench headed by chief justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey passed the direction in view of the petitioners of the PIL seeking the exact number of transgenders besides quality life in terms of social, economic and political inclusion. The court remarked that state must file the response on this issue.
The judgment passed by the Supreme Court in a petition titled National Legal Services Authority Vs union of India, the transgenders have sought court directions to the government for implementation of the said judgment in J&K with a plea that clear directions of the apex court with respect to rights of transgenders be implemented. However, the state has been unable to make headway in this direction.
The PIL states that the government must acknowledge transgenders as marginalised and vulnerable section of society and introduce reservations in government jobs and educational institutions. It also states that monthly welfare fund be maintained for them besides providing them adequate social security.
“The social and economic problems faced by transgenders are known to everyone and the way they are being left out by the families and the society at large is a narrative which needs to be changed. The primary aspect is that we are all human beings and they deserve the same rights as anyone else,” said one of the petitioners.
The petitioners sought construction of shelter homes for the transgenders as most of them are disowned by their families. They also pleaded for counselling centres besides welfare boards and police stations for the transgender community for building strong civil society support to curb harassment against them.
Aijaz Ahmed Bund, Farah Ashraf and Shafi Khan pleaded the case for the transgenders.