Trans Pakistani to be protected

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Pakistani transgenders carry placards as they rally to mark World Aids Day in Karachi on November 30, 2013. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A bill has been introduced in Pakistan which aims to protect transgender people.The legislation was introduced in the lower house. Pakistan is a conservative Muslim country with strict anti-gay laws. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill was introduced by Naeema Kishwar on Tuesday aiming to extend the civil rights of the trans community. It is the first time such legislation has been introduced in the country, according to local reports proclaiming trans, people to be equal citizens having the same rights as non-trans citizens. “The Constitution of Pakistan explicitly provides, inter alia, the fundamental rights to life of liberty (Article 9), equality of citizen, (Article 25) and inviolability of dignity, safeguard to educational institutions in respect of education, protection of property, safeguard against discrimination in service,” it says. The bill goes on to say: “The transgender persons constitute one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the country. They face problems ranging from social exclusion to discrimination, lake of protection in their family, community and the society”.

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