Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari along with the Federal Minister National Health services Aamir Mehmood Kiyani has announced the opening of the separate ward in PIMS for the transgenders. The main purpose of the inauguration is about the security and safety of this community from the cases of the harassment being witnessed by the side of the Transgenders. According to the law 2018, transgenders will be allowed to even apply for the driving license and passport too. Separate trade and health services will also be announced for the transgender community in Pakistan.
It is to be added that the new ward has been all allocated for the transgender where they will be treated for free and with the separate doctors for transgender patients will be available. The details has been stated in a press conference interaction. As speaking to the media, Dr Shireen Mazari said that securing set of the human rights of people was top priority of the government.
It is added that the government has been taking so many indiscriminate measures to ensure the medium of human rights. It is also related with the provision of basic health facilities to all our citizens. This timeline of the step of establishment of separate ward for the category of transgender has been taken as part of Transgender Law 2018.
At the same time Shireen Mazari appreciated Health Minister Aamir Mehmood Kiani for the purpose of taking the step. She said all the sectors of the provincial health ministers had been asked to establish separate wards for the side of transgender and ensure best available possible health facilities.
Dr Mazari further sad that the role of the nurses in the ward cannot be denied at all. Any female doctor or the nurse who will be facing any problem or harassment could call on the Ministry of Human Rights’ helpline 1099 and also lodge complaints to seek legal assistance.
The National Assembly in May this year at the same time approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 201. This bill is all aimed at ensuring rights of transgender persons.As under this law, the transgender persons are also able to register upon for the attaining of the driving licence and passport. They will also be having the option to get their gender changed in the course of National Database and Registration Authority’s record.
As per law, harassment of transgender persons will be strictly prohibited in and outside their homes. They will not at all be discriminated just as against by educational institutions, or any kind of employers, in trade and health services.
In the bill it was mentioned that anyone who will found guilty in the forcing these persons to beg will be sentenced to six months in prison and somehow also served with the fine of Rs50,000.Supreme Court ruled in the year 2009 that transgender people could get away with the national identity cards as a “third sex”.
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17 November, 2019