A bill called the Punjab Protection of Rights of Transgender Persons, has been submitted by members of Punjab Assembly Uzma Kardar, Zainab Umair, and Neelam Hayat Malik to ensure that transgenders in Punjab are not deprived of their fundamental rights.

Spearheaded by the NGO Good Thinker Organisation (GTO), the bill was prepared after consulting with transgender activists and community members.

Pakistan’s transgender community had received legal recognition in 2009 by the country’s Supreme Court. In 2o18, the parliament passed The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, a landmark law that allowed transgenders to list their desired identity on all official documents such as passports and driver’s licenses instead of the customary ‘male’ or ‘female.’ The law prohibited all forms of discrimination against them whether in educational institutions, at work or on public transport and guaranteed their right to inheritance.

The new bill has been submitted to the Punjab assembly to bring provincial regulations in line with federal legislation as dictated by the 18th amendment.

From : pk.mashable.com

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