High Court Thursday directed government to file objections in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking protection of rights of transgenders in the state.
A division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the state government to submit objections.
The PIL seeks making up of programs ensuring the social, economic and political inclusion and rehabilitation of transgenders in the state. It also seeks a provision of social security including a monthly welfare fund for transgenders.
“The government should acknowledge the transgenders of Jammu and Kashmir as a marginalized and vulnerable section of society and therefore introduce reservations in educational institutions and government jobs,” reads the PIL.
The transgenders demanded housing facility and shelter homes as they claim many of them have been disowned by their families, formal and non-formal educational programs, setting up of counseling centers, a transgender welfare board and transgender police stations, equal applicability of all laws and building civil society support to curb harassment faced by transgenders so that their rights will be recognized.
They have approached the court through Aijaz Ahmed Bund, Shafi Khan and Farah Ashraf pleading the implementations of the directions of the Supreme Court regarding the rights of people of transgender community in Jammu and Kashmir.