Judges favour law for social acceptance of transgenders

Published: February 5, 2011

The legal fraternity today suggested legislative intervention to end ostracising of transgenders in the society and accord them greater ”social and politica” acceptance.

The Supreme Court’s second senior-most judge, Justice Altmas Kabir, stressed upon the need for proper integration of eunuchs in the society pointing out that the Constitution provides for Fundamental Right to equality, brooking no discrimination on the grounds of sex, caste, creed or religion.

"The Constitution also guarantees political rights and other benefits to every citizen but the third community (transgenders) continues to be ostracised by the society," said
Justice Kabir, who is also the Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

"Create awareness about the community and the challenges they face. Only acceptance will end the social stigma they face," said Justice Kabir, inaugurating a national seminar here on "Transgender and The law", organised jointly by the NALSA and the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA).

Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra pointed out that eunuchs enjoyed greater recognition and social integration in ancient Indian society.

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