New Delhi. The Delhi Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognizance of the problems faced by the people of Transgender or LGBTQI community living in the capital. The Delhi Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking information about the steps taken for the interests of the LGBTQI+ community in Delhi. The Commission, through its Transgender Cell, keeps in regular touch with LGBTQI plus individuals and extends all possible assistance to them in resolving the problems faced by them. However, the commission pointed out that people belonging to the LGBT community are facing many serious issues in the country and even in the capital.
By issuing a notice to the Social Welfare Department of the Delhi Government, the Commission has sought details of the steps taken by them to ensure the interests and rights of the LGBTQI+ community in Delhi. Also, the department has been asked to inform whether the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 have been notified in Delhi. If this has not been done, the department has been asked to explain the reasons for the delay in implementing the rule. Apart from this, the department has been asked to give information about the establishment of the Transgender Welfare Board and if it has not been established, then it has been asked to give reasons. It is a pity that there is not a single shelter home for transgenders in Delhi. The department has been asked to inform about any pending proposals on the issue.
The commission, in its notice to the Social Welfare Department, has also sought details of the steps taken by the government to promote the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. Apart from this, the commission has started investigation in the issue of transgender certificate in Delhi. The Commission has issued a notice to all the District Magistrates of Delhi seeking information about the applications received for gender change certificates along with the details of the applications submitted by transgender persons for the issuance of certificates. The department has been asked to give complete details about the number of applications received as well as the number of certificates issued, rejected and pending. There is also a provision in the above law to provide facility to change the name of transgenders in all official documents.
The commission has also sought information from all the districts about the number of applications in which appeals have been filed before the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 in respect of rejected applications. Apart from this, the commission has also asked the district magistrates about the steps taken to streamline the process to comply with the SOP and assist the transgenders who come to the DM office to apply for the certificate.
Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal has said, ‘LGBTQI+ community is facing many problems in the country. They also have to face many problems in the capital. Immediate steps should be taken by the government to ensure their rights and welfare. I have issued a notice to the Social Welfare Department, Delhi Government and all the District Magistrates seeking information about the steps taken by the government for the community. It is very sad that there is not a single shelter home for transgenders in the capital. We will work on these issues to ensure a better life for the transgender community in the capital.
Tags: Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal, Transgender
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 24, 2022, 15:04 IST