Amendments to transgender act sought

Mohsin Aziz, head of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, sent the Transgender act (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill 2022 to the Senate on Wednesday. He wants to make important changes to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018.

Considering the significance of the bill, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani immediately referred it to the relevant committee for review. The purpose of The Intersex Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 is to protect the welfare of transgender individuals.

According to the bill, intersex individuals will have the same access to education, healthcare, employment, and other opportunities as the average member of society. The bill specifies that this act’s primary objective should have been to protect the rights of “intersex persons.”

Intersex person typically refers to a person with ambiguous genitalia and is also referred to as a hermaphrodite. Nonetheless, the Act of 2018 contains provisions that are in direct opposition to our traditions, religion, and even the Constitution.

The Intersex Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 aims to provide for the welfare of intersex people by repealing all sections of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 that are in conflict with Islamic and constitutional principles. The Bill also explains that the term “transgender” was coined in 1965 by the American psychiatrist John F. Oliven.

It was primarily intended for individuals who experience sexual orientation against their birth sex. It is stated that this is primarily a disordered mental state in which a man may “feel-like” a woman or a woman may “feel-like” a man, or even have “fluid gender perceptions,” also known as “non-binary” gender. It is a psychological or psychiatric condition that cannot be equated with “intersex.” The bill proposes renaming “The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018” as “The Intersex Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill, 2022.”

Download the copy of the Transgender Act 2018

Staff Reporter, The Newspaper’s. “Amendments to Transgender Act Sought.” DAWN.COM, 22 Sept. 2022, www.dawn.com/news/1711320.

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