The Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma has submitted on behalf of the centre before the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, that transgenders shall now be included as a separate gender category in Prison Statistics Report prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The Court was hearing a petition filed by Karan Tripathi seeking inclusion of separate data on transgender prisoners in NCRB reports. Tripathi argued that without recognition to the transgender inmates, the implementation of rights guaranteed to the community by the Supreme Court in its guidelines laid down in the case of NALSA v UOI could not be carried out.
The petitioner represented by Advocate Akhil Hasija, also argued that “inclusion of transgenders as a separate category in Prison Statistics Reports was imperative for ensuring the protection under of their rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 15, 19, and 21 of the Constitution of India.”
NCRB has already issued a directive to its officials that it intends to classify prisoners as male, female and transgenders from its report, Prison Statistics India – 2020 onwards and therefore data must be collected accordingly.#Delhi #HC #NCRB #Transgenders #fundamentalrights #legalnews #legalupdates #lawnews #lawcutorlive #lawcutorlatest #lawcutornews #lawcutorupdates