Government’s Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 meets with widespread protests

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 has been reintroduced in the Lok Sabha by the government without the changes that had been demanded by the trans community, resulting in widespread protests. The bill, a watered down version of a private member bill that was cleared by the Rajya Sabha in 2014, is said to be in conflict with the principles of self-determination laid down by the Supreme Court in the landmark judgement of NALSA v. Union of India, in addition to criminalising traditional means of livelihood.