What is the main area of conflict in the Transgender Rights Bill 2018?

According to rightists, this may promote 'un-islamic' values, but for leftists, it is a noteworthy landmark.

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What is the main area of conflict in the Transgender Rights Bill 2018?

The Transgender Rights Bill 2018 has stirred up a massive debate on trans rights across the country.

It has caused a controversy on a big scale, mainly because of subsection (2) of section (3), which is the main cause of conflict between the right-wing and the marginalized leftists.

What is the main area of conflict in the Transgender Rights Bill?

Subsection (2) of section (3) read that a transgender person should have the right to be recognized as per his or her self-perceived identity. According to rightists, this may promote ‘un-islamic’ values, but for leftists, it is a noteworthy landmark.

The Transgender Act was first passed into law by the parliament in 2018, but it is only recently being discussed. The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) in Islamabad heard different petitions in favor and against the act, which sent social media into a frenzy.

The recent debate, however, was stated after the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights took on the agenda of the bill, which was proposed by Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, for amendments to the Transgender Act 2018. The meeting was held under the supervision of the Committee Chairman Senator Waleed Iqbal of PTI.

The committee sided with the majority and stated that they wouldn’t allow the amendment. The Ministry of Human Rights also was not in favor of the move. Following the standing committee’s rejection, the senator moved an application to become party to the petitions already filed by people in the FSC against the law.

On the other hand, Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi called for forwarding the bill to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for review.

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