The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which seeks to define the term transgender and prohibits discrimination against the community, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session.

Recently, the  parliamentary panel has invited public suggestions in making of the law which seeks to protect LGBT rights.

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Suggestions are invited from NGOs, stakeholders and institutions in particular so that the bill is made properly.

The bill confers the right upon transgender persons to be recognised as such and also grants them the right to “self- perceived” gender identity.

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The bill will ensure that their rights are protected and they are insulated from harassment and discrimination.

It provides jail term for a minimum of six months to a maximum of two years with a fine for those found guilty of using transgender people for bonded labour or for begging.

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According to the 2011 Census, India has six lakh people belonging to the transgender community. The community face social stigma, discrimination, lack of education, medical facilities and unemployment.

(Inputs from PTI)

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