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‘Ministry of Social Justice will look into grievances of eunuchs’

The Central government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that the Union ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would look into the grievances of eunuchs regarding discrimination and lack of identity.

The Central government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that the Union ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would look into the grievances of eunuchs regarding discrimination and lack of identity.

The statement was made in response to a public interest litigation filed by an organisation,Salvation of Oppressed Eunuchs,which works for equality and rights of the community.

Appearing for the Union government,lawyer Rui Rodrigues told the court that the ministry has been allocated the subject of the problems of eunuchs. He referred to an office memorandum dated July 9 of the cabinet secretariat,which states,“The matter regarding allocation of the subject of ‘eunuchs’ has been examined and in view of the fact that the eunuchs suffer mainly due to social stigma,it has been decided that the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment would handle the petition and the related matters thereto in consultation with other relevant sectoral ministries/departments such as Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,etc.” In April,the court had asked the Central government’s lawyer to inform the petitioners as to which ministry they should make their representation to.

The matter has now been adjourned till January 17 next year.

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