Kerala becomes first state to unveil transgender policy

The policy covers all the categories of TGs, including male to female TGs and intersex people.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:November 12, 2015 7:11 pm
The Department of Social Justice will also conduct a mid-term evaluation of the policy implementation and results in 2018. (Source: Reuters photo) The Department of Social Justice will also conduct a mid-term evaluation of the policy implementation and results in 2018. (Source: Reuters photo)

Kerala government on Thursday unveiled its much-awaited Transgender Policy, a first of its kind, envisaging to end the societal stigma towards the sexual minority group and ensure them non-discriminatory treatment.

State Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson unveiled the document of the ‘State Policy for Transgenders in Kerala 2015’ by handing over its copy to noted transsexual-gender minority activist Akkai Padmashali during the inaugural ceremony of the first International Conference on Gender Equality, which began at nearby Kovalam.

The state Department of Social Justice has issued the policy to enforce the constitutional rights of transgenders (TGs), taking into account the Supreme Court judgement (2014) and the findings of the recent Kerala State TG Survey.

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During the inaugural ceremony, state Minister for Social Justice M K Muneer said it is for the first time that any state government is framing out a policy for transgenders.

“We assure the transgenders in the state that your freedom and movement will be taken care of by the Kerala Government,” he said adding that the state has set a model for the entire country by formulating such a policy.

The policy covers all the categories of TGs, including male to female TGs and intersex people. It also emphasises the rights of the minority group to self identify themselves as man, woman or TG as stated in the Supreme Court judgement.

It also ensures them equal access to social and economic opportunities, resources and services, right to equal treatment under the law, right to live life without violence and equitable right in all decision making bodies.

It also recommends the setting up of a TG Justice Board with state Minister for Social Justice as its chairperson.

The body will monitor and oversee the implementation of the policy and have Social Justice secretary as its Member-Secretary and secretaries of various departments as members.

The Department of Social Justice will also conduct a mid-term evaluation of the policy implementation and results in 2018, three years after the initiation of the TG Policy, the policy document said.

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    subramanian.M.V.
    Jan 16, 2016 at 11:15 am
    Kerala will claim that it is first in such many field.Now the hurry in implementing it is they don't want to miss that few votes.The corrupt govt.day by day proving that their days are ended.They have struggle with the corruption charges.Mani got some relief now but he will have to face the CB.I. Here cheria thalai or chandy maynot be able to save that minister. After King lallu this Kerala minister can be given the second place in corruption in the Greate India.
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      Amal Kazumi
      Nov 13, 2015 at 9:32 pm
      Great news!
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        Ari Fontrodona
        Nov 13, 2015 at 12:18 am
        I'm really happy for this. I am also proud, since India is the country of origin of one half of my ancestors and I feel attached to it. Let's hope that the initiative expands promptly to other states.
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          Dhanasekar Shanmugam
          Nov 14, 2015 at 2:17 am
          Tamil Nadu and New Delhi already has such policies; Please remove "India's first" in your post. Its factually wrong. TN has a policy from 2008. Most of the DRAFT has been taken from TN's policy. Correct your facts. rights_in_Tamil_Nadu
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            Michelle Rose
            Nov 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm
            This sounds like a dream come true. I wish America could do this.
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              rajan Karunakaran
              Nov 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm
              Appreciate the decision of Kerala Government.
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                Sandy k
                Nov 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm
                Kerala which has good social and human development indicators has shown the way to others.Such steps which minimises the discrimination to transgenders should be taken at the central level.this step indeed will be a guide to other states in this way.
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                  Shriya
                  Nov 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm
                  Awesomesauce! At least, we've started somewhere. Hope it grows itself into the rest of the country amd soon... Its one of the best things to have happenedto the TG minority in a while in India, though, I sincerely doubt if making it official will anyway change the mentalities of the orthodox Indian society. But hope it does...
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