Begin typing your search above and press return to search.

Govt criticised for �transgender� definition

By MANASH PRATIM DUTTA
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo
  • Whatsapp
  • Telegram
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • koo

GUWAHATI, Jan 13 - The draft state policy on transgender, formulated by the Social Welfare Department of Assam, has come up with a �draconian� definition of the 'transgender' which not only violates the respect, dignity and prestige of the transgender but the essence of NALSA judgment as well.

This was stated by the All Assam Transgender Association (AATA) in a memorandum submitted to the Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma recently.

According to the policy, a �transgender� means a person who is neither wholly female nor wholly male or a combination of female or male or neither female nor male and whose sense of gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at the time of birth, and includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations and gender-queers.

�The current policy includes persons with intersex variations under the transgender umbrella. This is deeply problematic on many levels. Sex and gender are not the same. They are separate concepts. Sex and gender are not binary concepts. Both are a large continuous spectrum,� the AATA stated in the memorandum.

According to AATA, while sex is a biological or medical term to denote male, female and intersex, gender is a deep sense of oneself as a gendered being and may not have a one-to-one co-relation with sex. On the other hand, intersex variation refers to the ways in which one's sex is seen to be different from the binary idea of sex as male and female- a function of one's chromosomes, hormones and external genitalia. Not all intersex persons may identify as transgender and not all transgender persons need to be intersex.

Moreover, the AATA also oppose the decision to appoint a senior most secretary of the Social Welfare Department in the vice- chairman post of the state-level transgender welfare or justice board, as proposed in the recently published draft policy. The organisation demanded rectification of the position with the transgender representative.

It also alleged that the policy has empowered the district level board but has paralysed the state level board with lesser function and also stated that there is no requirement of unnecessary subcommittee under the district level, whereas the members included in the district level including transgender representative are competent for the recognition and referring the application pending before them for identification and the same to be referred to the state level.

According to the draft policy, the district level transgender justice or welfare board will have the responsibility for implementation and monitoring programmes for the social, economic and political development of the community. The committee will also have to constitute a committee for the verification of applications for the issue of gender identity certificate. The Board should be a sub-committee of the District Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Board to be chaired by district medical officer with psychiatrists, clinical psychological counsellors, et al.

The committee will be responsible to issue a recommendation to the State Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Board for gender identity certificate based on the reports of the Sub-Committee under District Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Committee and also have to set up and monitor transgender support and crisis intervention centres on the model of rape and crisis intervention centres. The centre should undertake counselling programmes and mental health issues that disproportionately affect the communities.

Meanwhile, the state level board would monitor and oversee the implementation of the policy. This would facilitate policy and institutional reforms that enable access to social and economic development schemes for the poor and other at-risk transgender groups who are vulnerable to family pressure, social humiliation, etc.

Moreover, it should also have to ensure convergence of existing schemes across departments for a more targeted and focused approach towards the wellbeing of the transgender community.

Raising question over the pre-matric and post-matric scholarships along with pension as mentioned in the policy, the AATA alleged that there may be an intentional misuse of funds as till now there is no reservation for a transgender person at school, college and university levels.

More in Entertainment
Next Story
Similar Posts
Govt criticised for �transgender� definition

GUWAHATI, Jan 13 - The draft state policy on transgender, formulated by the Social Welfare Department of Assam, has come up with a �draconian� definition of the 'transgender' which not only violates the respect, dignity and prestige of the transgender but the essence of NALSA judgment as well.

This was stated by the All Assam Transgender Association (AATA) in a memorandum submitted to the Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma recently.

According to the policy, a �transgender� means a person who is neither wholly female nor wholly male or a combination of female or male or neither female nor male and whose sense of gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at the time of birth, and includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations and gender-queers.

�The current policy includes persons with intersex variations under the transgender umbrella. This is deeply problematic on many levels. Sex and gender are not the same. They are separate concepts. Sex and gender are not binary concepts. Both are a large continuous spectrum,� the AATA stated in the memorandum.

According to AATA, while sex is a biological or medical term to denote male, female and intersex, gender is a deep sense of oneself as a gendered being and may not have a one-to-one co-relation with sex. On the other hand, intersex variation refers to the ways in which one's sex is seen to be different from the binary idea of sex as male and female- a function of one's chromosomes, hormones and external genitalia. Not all intersex persons may identify as transgender and not all transgender persons need to be intersex.

Moreover, the AATA also oppose the decision to appoint a senior most secretary of the Social Welfare Department in the vice- chairman post of the state-level transgender welfare or justice board, as proposed in the recently published draft policy. The organisation demanded rectification of the position with the transgender representative.

It also alleged that the policy has empowered the district level board but has paralysed the state level board with lesser function and also stated that there is no requirement of unnecessary subcommittee under the district level, whereas the members included in the district level including transgender representative are competent for the recognition and referring the application pending before them for identification and the same to be referred to the state level.

According to the draft policy, the district level transgender justice or welfare board will have the responsibility for implementation and monitoring programmes for the social, economic and political development of the community. The committee will also have to constitute a committee for the verification of applications for the issue of gender identity certificate. The Board should be a sub-committee of the District Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Board to be chaired by district medical officer with psychiatrists, clinical psychological counsellors, et al.

The committee will be responsible to issue a recommendation to the State Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Board for gender identity certificate based on the reports of the Sub-Committee under District Level Transgender Welfare or Justice Committee and also have to set up and monitor transgender support and crisis intervention centres on the model of rape and crisis intervention centres. The centre should undertake counselling programmes and mental health issues that disproportionately affect the communities.

Meanwhile, the state level board would monitor and oversee the implementation of the policy. This would facilitate policy and institutional reforms that enable access to social and economic development schemes for the poor and other at-risk transgender groups who are vulnerable to family pressure, social humiliation, etc.

Moreover, it should also have to ensure convergence of existing schemes across departments for a more targeted and focused approach towards the wellbeing of the transgender community.

Raising question over the pre-matric and post-matric scholarships along with pension as mentioned in the policy, the AATA alleged that there may be an intentional misuse of funds as till now there is no reservation for a transgender person at school, college and university levels.

More in Entertainment
Similar Posts