Tuesday, June 16, 2009

.:: SAMAA - SC orders survey of transsexuals

.:: SAMAA - SC orders survey of transsexuals

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the Social Welfare Department to survey the Third Gender people in Pakistan and register them.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry ordered this during the hearing of a constitutional application by Dr Aslam Khaki on Tuesday. The next hearing would be held after reports come from the provinces.

The court has also ordered that it should be indicated in the reports whether the transsexuals are living with their ‘gurus’ by consent or have been compelled to live with them. It should also be seen what kind of facilities they are being provided and what is their personal status.

The court also gave directions for it to be ascertained whether the transsexual was handed over to the guru with the parents’ consent or if pressure was applied.

The SC also directed that no transsexual could be handed over to a guru now without the parents informing the Social Welfare Department.

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