during a seminar on Strengthening Legal Aid and Education for
Marginalised Communities and Those Most At Risk of HIV/AIDS at MCRHRD
Institute in Jubilee Hills on Saturday. — DC
Hyderabad: The National Legal Services Authority has requested the
Supreme Court to add transgenders as a third category for providing
facilities like identity cards, admission in educational institutes,
voter cards and employment, entitling them to facilities extended to
citizens. Also, separate wards in hospitals have been recommended.
Speaking at a seminar on Strengthening Legal Aid and Education for
Marginalised Communities and Those Most At Risk Of HIV/AIDS, SC judge
Justice P. Sathasivam said that even drug addicts, sex workers, MSMs
and transgenders have the right to equality, protection against
discrimination, right to privacy and personal dignity, protection
against trafficking, and right to livelihood.
Justice Sathasivam recommended that the Lok Adalats be made accessible
when these marginalised communities are arrested and reach out to the
police stations to provide legal aid to them.
“As a result of societal stigma, the sex workers, homosexuals and
transgenders are not considered human beings and thus get devoid of’
all human rights. We must remember that their well-being suffers
greatly by the attitudes of intolerance and hatred directed on them
than their socio-economic status,” he said.
AP High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta said these
communities are denied the right to live with dignity, and are
harassed by middlemen and police. They are not even allowed cremation
as they are ostracised by the society, he said.
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