Protecting transgenders, Senate passes the eagerly-anticipated bill

Protecting transgenders, Senate passes the eagerly-anticipated bill

Islamabad (APP): The Senate Committee on Wednesday has passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017.

The amended bill that was passed is a clubbed legislation of two bills moved by Senators Karim Ahmed Khawaja and Rubina Khalid separately.

The bill moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja in the House, aims to provide for protection, relief and rehabilitation of rights of the transgender persons and ensure their welfare.

Meanwhile, 15 reports of various standing committees were presented in the House. The transgender community, in general, remains underprivileged in Pakistan.

In a first in the history of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government on Monday issued driving licences to two transgender persons.

In 2012, the National Database and Registration Authority started providing transgendered community members with three gender categories on the registration form for a computerised national identity card (NIC).

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