Kinnars approach NHRC for basic rights

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New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) Kinnars (eunuchs) across the country have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) here to restore their basic rights of health, education and employement.

''We do not have a human right to have sex any way. Whenever any eunuch attempts to have sex, the police catches the eunuch and books him under Section 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) Unnatural Sex,'' Petitioner Sanjoy Sachdev, President of the Panther's Party (Delhi state) said.

Mr Sachdev along with Sita Kinnar, President of the Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Kinnar Front filed a petition with NHRC stating that like other developed countries, they should be treated as third gender and no discrimination should be made as per the laws of the country. The whole community of Kinnars should be brought to the mainstream and should be treated at par with other citizens.

Mr Sachdev urged the NHRC that all employment, school, college, medical forms or any other forms should have besides male and female, a third column for them.

They should not be denied the rights of medical treatment, education and employment, the Petition said.

There is no provision of ration card for us, no housing scheme, regular means of income, insurance cover, or medical benefits for us. We are treated as outcasts and are highest victims of discrimination in the society, Mr Sachdev said.

The Petition has held the entire government, including state governments, local bodies like Panchayats and municipalities responsible for discrimination against them.

The matter is likely to be listed on Tuesday and will come up for hearing in the NHRC very soon.

UNI

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