Kerala govt failed in implementing transgender policy: Amicus curiae report
The state government has failed in implementing transgender policy, according to the report submitted by the amicus curiae appointed by the Kerala High Court.
Even the most basic policy change to include separate toilets in public spaces has not been implemented, says the report. The high court has now asked the state government to provide the details of measures taken to implement the transgender policy.
The high court had taken suo motu cognisance and appointed the amicus curiae to study the problems faced by the transgender community in the state. The amicus curiae’s report further implicates the Kerala government, suggesting that there is a lackadaisical attitude from the government on this front.
The transgender policy was enacted by the government of Kerala back in 2015. The policy was enacted for the implementation of the directions of the Supreme Court in the National Legal Service Authorities Case. The state government then formulated the policy after detailed surveys.
The transgender policy includes timely census of all transgender people, giving them identity cards, sensitising the public, conducting online registration, erasing inequality, setting up a district level rehabilitation centre, observation by district collectors, separate toilets in public spaces and offices, regular meetings of district transgender justice board and fund allocation for the protection of transgender people.
At present, the transgender community faces stigma, lack of proper health documents, poverty and other forms of exploitation.