Council of Islamic Ideology declared Transgender Act Bill 2018 illegal
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has said that several provisions in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act are not in line with Shariah and may lead to ‘new social problems’.
According to the press release issued by the Council of Islamic Ideology, a high-level meeting was held yesterday to review the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act.
The press release stated that the meeting emphasized the need to protect the rights of transgender.
The Council of Islamic Ideology suggested to the government to form a committee comprising the Council of Islamic Ideology, Ulemas, jurists and medical experts to review the existing Transgender Persons (Protection of Right) Act.
It was further informed that comprehensive legislation can be made by keeping every aspect of this transgender issues.
The Council of Islamic Ideology said that several provisions in the current Act are not in line with Sharia principles and may lead to new social problems.
On September 26, the Transgender Amendment Bill 2022 presented in the Senate regarding the rights and protection of transgender persons.
Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani presided over a meeting of the upper house where Senator Fauzia Arshad of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) presented the Transgender Amendment Bill, which was referred to the committee.
Notably, this law was enacted after the Supreme Court’s decision on September 25, 2012, which said that transgender people have all the rights guaranteed by the constitution, just like other members of the community.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act was passed by National Assembly in 2018 during PML-N’s administration.
The law prohibits discrimination against transgender people in schools, workplaces and public spaces, as well as ensures their right to vote, inherit property and run for public office.