SC declines to entertain PIL by eunuch for quota in Parl

Supreme Court declined to entertain a petition seeking reservation of seats in Parliament and State Assemblies for eunuchs.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2009 4:34:28 pm

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a petition seeking a direction to the Centre to provide reservation of seats in Parliament and State Assemblies for eunuchs.

The apex court said that the issues raised in the PIL filed by Sonam Singh,a eunuch from Rajasthan,can be taken up at the government level.

“We cannot give directions on your prayers,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam said referring to PIL in which directions had been sought for their (eunuchs’) education,social and political rehabilitation.

The Bench also said that it was required on the part of the petitioner to first approach the government with the grievances.

“You must show you have gone to the government,” the Bench said when Sonam’s counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi explained the plight of the transgender community,whose interests have been neglected by successive governments.

“In the past 60 years not a single question has been raised in Parliament with regard to development of the group (eunuchs). They are also paying tax but there is no employment for them,” the counsel said adding that a majority of them depend on begging for earning a living.

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