HC seeks govt reply on objections to transgender policy

HC seeks govt reply on objections to transgender policy
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Wednesday gave two weeks time to Law Department to respond to the objections raised by stakeholders to the state draft policy for transgender community.
Hearing a PIL on transgender community, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said that before finalizing the policy, the law department “shall furnish the response and indicate whether objections are incorporated with the draft policy.”
The court added that after finalization, the policy be forwarded to Department of Social Welfare, and a copy submitted in the court.
The state government has formulated a draft policy concerning transgender community.
The petitioners had raised objections stating that the draft policy “has certain loopholes as it is not based on Supreme Court’s National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) judgment.”
Following the directions of the court, the petitioners submitted objections on December 19 to the court.
“The draft is completely silent on the reservations in employment and education,” said petitioners.
However, the objection copy was not placed on record and court directed registry to place it on record. For further hearing, the matter was re-notified on 28 February.
The PIL seeking rights of transgender community was initiated by Dr Aijaz Ahmed Bund, Enus Shafi and Farah Ashraf.