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Create Separate Wards For Transgender Inmates In Prison: MHA Writes To States, UTs

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released an advisory to create exclusive spaces for transwomen and transmen inmates in prisons. This advisory came in the light of providing them with their right to privacy and dignity. In a written advisory to all the states and Union Territories, MHA said prison authorities must respect the self-identity of a person as transgender under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. The identity must be respected at all times during the admission process, search, medical examination, lodging, clothing, treatment and care, states the Union ministry. This is a welcome step to work on issues including gender dysphoria, sexual orientation and legal aid for transgenders. “Due care may be taken by the prison authorities that t...

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