Srinagar: Hearing a fresh application moved by petitioner Farah Ashraf on the plight of transgenders, the J&K High Court on Tuesday directed state authorities to file response within one week with regard to providing facilities like shelter homes, healthcare, and financial assistance to abandoned transgender persons.
A division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar passed the directions after petitioner Farah Ashraf informed the court that an abandoned transgender person, namely Ghulam Mohammad Mir, a resident of Bandipora, had been handed over to his elder brother and sister-in-law by the local police there.
The petitioner also informed the court that the condition of this person was pitiable and his relatives were not financially sound. “The family itself cannot take care of the person, which compels these persons to roam around,” the petitioner submitted.
An earlier petition last week had informed the High Court that a transgender person was found lying under the open sky in Srinagar on November 25. The court was informed that with the intervention of police station Ram Munshi Bagh, the transgender person was hospitalised at SMHS Hospital but doctors there were reluctant to provide him necessary medical care.
It was also stated before the court that the administration of SMHS Hospital and the police unit posted there were constantly trying to force the transgender person out, but with the help of Under Secretary to Government, Social Welfare Department, he was allowed to get treatment at the hospital.
The court was told that on the next day, the transgender person went missing from the hospital. Upon contacting the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), it was told that the person had left the hospital.
The petitioner had stated before the court that the transgender person was not in stable health and was elderly, which made it improbable that he could have moved out of the hospital on his own.
The court had said on the previous hearing, “It cannot be denied that transgenders are facing extreme issues but they have every right to get protection and proper medical treatment.”
The court had directed state authorities to ensure that the transgender community does not face marginalisation.