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HC asks centre to come clear about stand on eunuch rights

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Union ministries of health, social justice and empowerment to file an affidavit stating what steps it proposes to take for the protection of the fundamental rights of eunuchs and transsexuals.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2013 00:55 IST
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The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Union ministries of health, social justice and empowerment to file an affidavit stating what steps it proposes to take for the protection of the fundamental rights of eunuchs and transsexuals.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sanklecha was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, Salvation of Oppressed Eunuchs, seeking safeguarding of fundamental rights for eunuchs.

The petitioner told the court on Thursday that in spite of making several representations to the state ministry of Social Justice and Health and Family Welfare, no action has been taken.

Meanwhile, appearing for the union government, advocate Advait Sethna, told the court that any steps in this regard will have to be placed before the parliament first.

Sethna has sought time to file an affidavit till August 1.

The PIL is seeking that members of the community concerned be treated as humans with fundamental rights and also be given the right to vote by issuance of voter IDs.

The NGO had further sought that apart from seeking the right to create voter ID cards, the eunuch community should be given minority status and laws applicable to communities such as the Scheduled Castes and Tribes be extended to them as well.

Petition had further sought for the amendment of sections 375 and 377 of the IPC to facilitate the inclusion of transsexuals and eunuchs in the definition of the term rape.