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Won't let Transgender Bill pass in current form: Oppn in Rajya Sabha

Tiruchi Siva, a DMK Rajya Sabha member, said the bill is 'absurd'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Rajya members, including TMC's Derek O'Brien and Congress's Rajeev Gowda, on Friday assured the community they will not let the Persons Protection of Rights Bill pass the upper house in its present form and ensure it is sent to the select committee for modifications.

Calling the bill a dangerous piece of legislation that ignores the critiques made by them, members of the community on Friday staged a protest against the bill at in

Gowda said a "massive injustice" is being perpetuated through the bill.

"We saw that without much discussion a bill was passed in Lok The bill which claims to protecting the rights of the transgender community is actually doing the exact opposite," the said.

"When it comes to Rajya Sabha, there is a whole group of us gathered across party lines who will send it to select committee. That will give us a chance to sit with it, to work on improving it and to counter all the negativity infused by the government into the bill," he said.

Tiruchi Siva, a DMK Rajya member, said the bill is "absurd".

"The government does not even have an idea as what is a transgender. Going through a medical test to prove that you are a transgender is an insult rather than a right given through the bill," he said.

He said the bill will not get passed in in its current form.

Derek O'Brien promised that the bill will not get passed in

"The movement carried out by the community against the bill is very good and transgenders are loved in Bengal. My message is that don't worry, is the third-largest party in and 47 MPs from the party promise that the bill will not be passed in Rajya Sabha. We also have support from other parties. This bill will go to select committee," O'Brien said.

CPI(M) also expressed support for the bill and promised they would not let it pass in its current form.

First Published: Fri, December 28 2018. 15:50 IST
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