The School of Law, KIIT Deemed to be University is organizing a webinar on ‘Critical Analysis of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019’ scheduled to be held on October 29, 2021.
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About the Webinar
The academic framework of the school has always encouraged the involvement of its students in curricular and co-curricular development at par with the best Law Schools in India, and in relation to which the School is hosting and organizing a webinar on the topic ‘Critical Analysis of The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019’
Considering The Transgender Persons Act 2019, in order to legally recognise one’s transgender identity, the Act makes it mandatory for the individual to apply for a ‘Transgender Certificate’, which will label their gender as transgender. The new rules, however, require the individual to submit a psychologist’s report for the ‘Certificate of Identity’.
Moreover, if the individual undergoes surgery to change their gender to male or female, they require a ‘revised certificate’ issued by the District Magistrate. The District Magistrate has the power to judge the ‘correctness’ of the application, albeit if they are able to submit proof of their gender confirmation surgery. The draft rules make the process of gender identification and reassignment cumbersome and intrusive.
The rules are unclear on how the accuracy will be judged. Moreover, it does not require the administrators to undergo any training in the subject matter. By including psychologists, medical proofs and district administrators, the rules not only exacerbate humiliation and invasive policing but also go against the right of “self-declaration” as recognised under the NALSA judgement.
Further, the Act states abusing transgender persons is a punishable offence with a jail term from six months to two years. The same crime against a cisgender (a person whose gender identity matches their sex at birth) woman can be a life sentence or even a death penalty. The provision of a lesser punishment reinforces the unequal status of the trans community.
The Act is also unclear on the trans individuals’ access to welfare benefits and civil rights. The NALSA judgement directed the government to establish affirmative action measures in order to “increase the presence of transgender in educational institutions and public appointments”. The new rules, however, do not clearly state any provisions for affirmative action in education, healthcare and employment or civil rights related to marriage, adoption and property, etc.
The Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting, School of Law KIIT-DU seeks to hold a webinar to discuss important aspects and issues related to The Transgender Persons Act 2019.
- Date: October 29, 2021
- Time: 5 PM to 6 PM
- Mode: Online
- Platform: Zoom Meetings
- Meeting ID: 886 3428 9111
- Passcode: klscattpra
The Conference will be focusing on the following domains:
Technical Session I [Discussion of the theme I]
Amruta Soni, 1st Transgender Nodal Officer of India, 1st Transgender Corporate Managing Director of India, Advocacy Officer: State of Chattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana & U.T. of Chandigarh for Project VIHAAN (National AIDS Control Programme)
Each session would be succeeded by a 10 minute Q&A session.
School of Law, KIIT-DU invites participation from students of the law of 3 years and 5 years course, research scholars, academicians, Advocates and professionals.
How to Register?
The participants are requested to register themselves through the link given at the end of this post.
Certificates will be awarded to all the attendees.
- Deadline for registration: October 28, 2021 by 11:59 PM
- Webinar Date: October 29, 2021, 5 PM to 6 PM
- Ms Tulishree Pradhan, Faculty In-Charge, Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting
- Ms Shreyasi Bhattacharya, Co-Faculty In Charge Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting
- Ms Zeenat Taher, Faculty Coordinator, Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting
- Mr Shashank Nande, Faculty Coordinator, Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting
- Mr Ayush Verma, Convenor, Centre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting
- Mr Sartak Singh, Co-ConvenorCentre for Study & Research in Legislative Drafting