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Lok Sabha passes Transgender bill

Amid noisy protests over the Rafale deal and Cauvery issue, the Lok Sabha Monday passed a bill seeking to empower the transgender community by providing them a separate identity.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeking to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them, was introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago.

It was passed with 27 amendments.

Amid din, five members, including Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar (All India Trinamool Congress) and Badaruddoza Khan (CPI-M), participated in the debate, questioning the provisions of the legislation.

The amendments moved by the government, along with some others moved by opposition members, were considered.

Dastidar said the bill was hastily drafted and the different clauses mentioned in it were totally inconclusive.

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