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Pakistan Parliament introduces legislation to protect transgenders' rights

Pakistan became one of the first nations in the world to recognise the third sex

IANS  |  Islamabad 

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has introduced a legislation in Parliament to protect the of transgenders, the authorities said on Thursday.

"The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017" was introduced by Naeema Kishwar in the National Assembly, the Lower House of Parliament, reports Xinhua news agency.

The bill seeks to provide equal rights to transgender persons by considering them the integral part of

The law proposes a penalty for a term which shall not be less than six months or with fine, or with both for those who cause physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse of a transgender person.

The law bars people from forcing a transgender person to leave a house-hold, village or another place of residence and to cause harms or injures, or endangers the life, safety, health, or well-being.

Pakistan's transgender population is estimated at about 500,000, according to official data.

In 2009, became one of the first nations in the world to recognise the third sex. They are allowed to obtain identity cards and also run in elections.

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 14:41 IST