A division bench of Rajasthan High Court notices on denial of rights to HIV+ve persons, transgenders
Jaipur: A division bench of Rajasthan High Court on Thursday issued notices to the state government over not providing rights to the transgender community and HIV positive persons. The notices were issued following a petition advocating transgender rights. There are nearly 16,500 transgender persons in the state as per the Census of 2011.
The bench comprising Justice Sabina and Justice NS Dhadha issued notices to the state government through its chief secretary, principal secretary of social justice and empowerment and principal secretary, medical and health, following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Shalini Sheoran. The petitioner, who herself appeared in the case, stated that the state government should issue identity cards to all the transgenders in the state so that they can get benefit of different schemes and programmes launched by the state government. “The government should also be directed by the court to make rules according to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 and approve the rules so formulated according to the Human Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017,” said Sheoran while quoting the PIL filed in the court.
“The transgenders and people suffering with HIV/AIDS are not much educated and are socially and economically backward. They should not be treated discriminatingly,” she said. She added transgenders are socially discriminated in the society. “We have also prayed in our petition that the state government should be directed to treat the transgenders as socially and economically backward class of citizens and extend all kinds of reservation in the case of admission in educational institutions and for public appointments,” she added. Court has put March 24 as the next date of hearing
Courtesy : TOI