The future looks good for the transgender community in India. In a move aimed at empowering trans persons, the Rajya Sabha approved The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which puts in place provisions for stringent punishment, including imprisonment up to two years, for offences against them.
According to the 2011 Census, India has nearly 6 lakh people belonging to the transgender community.
After the new law comes into force, the atrocities faced by the community will reduce. An individual can be imprisoned for up to 2 years, if found guilty of:
- forcing a transgender to leave a village or residence;
- forcibly removing their clothes and parading them naked;
- inciting them to beg;
- any form of bonded labour;
- denying transgender access to a public space;
- harming their physical or mental well-being.
According to the draft bill, transgender community can also claim the benefits of reservation under the ceiling of OBC’s, even if they do not belong to any backward class by birth.