Delhi Commission for Women brands trans rights bell as too controversial

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The Delhi Commission for Women has openly slammed a controversial trans rights bill that entered India’s lower house the week before. Chairperson Swati Maliwal penned an open letter today(26 July) to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla expressing how the bill will do more harm than good for trans folk, reported ANI. The commission, a department of the Government of Delhi, examines all matters relating to the security of women. Maliwal has written two letters concerning trans rights. This followed a meeting the department held to look into the experiences of the transgender community in the country. The first is a scathing letter about the trans rights bill, introduced by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In this letter it is clear that some profoundly important issues are missing in the bill. Maliwal has written to the Delhi government. In the letter, she demands to know what hospitals can offer surgeries for transgender people. Considering the immense stigma and trauma suffered by the community,’ she wrote, ‘it is imperative that the choice of sex reassignment is readily available. It is the duty of the state to provide for such basic necessity of a large but marginalized community.’

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