Set Back for Transgender Labor Rights in India

by Admin on August 25, 2017

India’s National Democratic Alliance has refused to recognize transgender people as ‘third gender’, according to The Hindu.

The Supreme Court ruled to acknowledge the ‘third gender’ for the first time in 2014 in a decision that granted them equal opportunities for employment and education. However, a draft law to protect them from discrimination at work has been dropped, as well as a clause pertaining to transgender people in the Factories Act.

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This reform, part of the Labor Ministry’s draft law to codify wages and aimed at protecting transgender workers from discrimination, has caused concern.  The decision came as a result of concerns from the Law Ministry. A senior Labor and Employment ministry official explained the situation. “We had proposed inserting clauses for recognizing the rights of transgender working in all the four labor codes. However, the Law Ministry objected, citing the General Clauses Act of 1897, according to which ‘transgenders’ fall within the definition as ‘person’. It was then decided that there was no need to add a separate clause for them”, they said.

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