‘Eunuchs can’t be part of law dealing with SC/ST abuse’

The inclusion of eunuchs in a legislation,which at present criminalizes verbal abuse against scheduled castes and tribes,may not be feasible,the state government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 25, 2012 2:47 am

The inclusion of eunuchs in a legislation,which at present criminalizes verbal abuse against scheduled castes and tribes,may not be feasible,the state government told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

Assistant government pleader G W Mattos made the statement in response to a public interest litigation demanding equal rights for eunuchs. The PIL,filed by NGO Salvation of Oppressed Eunuchs (SOOE),pointed out common verbal abuses used to describe members of the community,and demanded that such remarks should be treated on par with derogatory remarks made against scheduled castes and tribes. However,Mattos on Tuesday told the Bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi that the suggestion is “far- fetched.”

Speaking to Newsline,the lawyer said,“The act which deals with the subject (The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989) deals with offences against specific communities,and it would not be logical to extend the same legal provision to members of the transgender community.”

Meanwhile,lawyer for the union government Rui Rodrigues cited newspaper articles which reported that the Centre is proposing to introduce legal provisions to deal with the issue. He,however,said that he would have to seek information.

The case has been adjourned till March 8.

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