‘Law for transgender people being drafted’

Metro Desk

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nasima Begum on Tuesday said a law for transgender people is being drafted to ensure their social safety and their rights to live with family.  

She said this at an online consultation meeting titled “More affordable and meaningful participation of the Hijra community in the national safety net programme” jointly organised by NHRC and Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bandhu) on Tuesday.

According to a press release, Bandhu is assisting NHRC in preparing the draft of ‘Hijra Protection Act’. 

Additional Secretary of Social Welfare Ministry Mohammad Ismail, Professor of Dhaka University Population Science department Dr Mohammad Bellal Hossain, Director General of Department of Social Welfare Sheikh Rafiqul Islam, Director of Social Welfare Sabbir Imam, Executive Director of Bandhu Saleh Ahmed along with leaders of Hijra community were participated in the online meeting.

Bangladesh government recognised transgender people as people of the third gender only in 2013.

Article 28(1) of the Constitution denotes: “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth.”

Despite all of this, transgender individuals continue to be a part of an isolated community, discriminated against only on the basis of birth gender determinants.

As a result of preconceived notions, many are forced to leave their families at an early age.