Rajya Sabha passes Bill to uplift Transgenders


New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Friday passed The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill 2014 with members from across the political spectrum joining hands to demand that the government take steps to bring the transgender community, facing social stigma and ostracism, into the mainstream.

The bill, moved by DMK member Tiruchi Siva, is the first private members bill to be passed in 46 years. The bill will now go to Lok Sabha where it will be debated and put to vote.

“Government must own this bill and pass a sensitive legislation for transgenders, whom people push away. It will give credit to new government. They have the same rights as you and me,” Congress member MS Gill had said when the bill was introduced in March this year.