Transgenders have equal rights in Pakistan: Supreme Court

Published: September 25, 2012

Supreme Court directs Chief Secretaries to attend to the complaints of transgenders.PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) said on Tuesday that transgenders had equal rights as all citizens of Pakistan, Express News reported.

Completing proceedings in a case regarding transgender rights in the country, presided by Judge Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, SC issued a decision saying that transgenders should be given equal basic rights as all citizens.

The decision said that transgenders should be given equal inheritance and job opportunity rights, amongst others.

During the proceedings, transgenders had requested the court to direct the Town Municipal Administration to allow them to rent halls to celebrate birthdays.

The court has directed that the decision should be sent to all chief secretaries and that the latter were to attend to the complaints of the transgender community.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • GhostRider
    Sep 25, 2012 - 2:46PM

    like the minorities???


  • SaneVoice
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Transgenders have equal rights in Pakistan: Only Supreme Court Says so.Recommend

  • mirealistic
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Good decision Chief Sb.


  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:16PM

    It took us 65 years to realise that?


  • sgrr
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961
    Section 1(2) (2) It extends to whole of Pakistan, and applies to all Muslim citizens of Pakistan, wherever they may be.

    How the above provsions be applicable to them????


  • Popularist
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Well Done SC! Now direct the legislature to:
    1) Register them completely at a special cell created for them with all their details
    2) Give them a reasonable quota in jobs pertaining to Airlines, Railways, Media etc whichever job finds their passion and can best utilize a transgender
    3) Even offer them to public at large for employments at residences with a minimum wage and ask the public to contact the specific cell for the said purpose
    4) Their best suited jobs could be Hostesses, Confectionary/Kitchen works, makeup artists in media all under government control
    5) Their quota in jobs should be extremelly relaxed viz-a-viz education as we all know what opportunities in education transgenders have had during our 65 years of history
    I am sure once the government takes this initiative the private sector shall follow suit. This is how Nations build themselves by evolving the people from all walks of life and not by labelling them as “Less Privilleged” which ultimately forces them to go for criminal activities such as prostitution etc for a living!


  • HA
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:32PM

    great job CJP. keep working for the welfare of minorities of pakistan. targeting politicians will get us no where.


  • Sonia
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:33PM

    This is a very positive step!Recommend

  • Voice of Gilgit
    Sep 25, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Well come Move………


  • Sep 25, 2012 - 3:59PM

    the verdict has been given, so its final.


  • Umer
    Sep 25, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Thats progressive ! wow !


  • Z
    Sep 25, 2012 - 4:27PM

    @Acorn Guts: It’s not as if a previous decision saying discrimination is legal was reversed. Something that is right was affirmed.

    Besides, if it took the West hundreds of years to realize it is wrong to enslave a person, 65 years for this doesn’t look that bad.


  • upkar gill
    Sep 25, 2012 - 4:43PM

    normal humans don’t have right in pakistan.


  • Poleturtle
    Sep 25, 2012 - 5:08PM

    The constitution of the country does not give equal rights to anyone except muslims. Period so watch out CJ there may be Christians and Hindus and others among this lot !


  • Hamid
    Sep 25, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Who would give basic rights to the rest of poor people of Pakistan.


  • Ravinder Kaushik Tiger
    Sep 25, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Unless it is an Ahmadi or Shia or Hindu transgender.


  • Umer
    Sep 25, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Transgenders have equal rights in Pakistan: Supreme Court

    In that case even Muslim transgender have more rights than Christians and Hindus in Pakistan.


  • Enlightened
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Though Constitution of Pakistan grants equal rights to all its minorities including the transgenders but men with guns and long beards in Pakistan violate rights without any fear of the law and order machinery in the entire country with hardly accused getting convicted by the courts.


  • Raj Kafir
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:30PM

    What about cleric’s daughter?


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Yes! equal rights for all.
    Just join the queue along with the Shias, Ahmedis, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs.


  • Sheru
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Great Job!!! Whether this translates to action is a different story but coming from an authority such as SC, this is a great step!


  • dpd
    Sep 25, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Slavery, today exists in the EAST. …. Child labour is part of slavery !!!!!!! and it is most common in the EAST……


  • usman
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:02PM

    Great Decision


  • Beenish Pervaiz
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:23PM

    @upkar gill – normal humans don’t have right in Pakistan?
    So you are saying that Transgenders are “NOT” normal?
    If so who gives people like you the right to decide?


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:28PM

    The Pakistani blockbuster movie Bol revealed the bitter truth of Trans(genders) in a sex obsessed male-dominated society of Pakistan


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:35PM

    The blockbuster film Bol revealed the bitter and heartbreaking truth of Trans(genders) in a sex obsessed male-dominated society of Pakistan


  • Jaideep Gupta
    Sep 25, 2012 - 8:48PM

    I hail Pakistan Supreme Court to make this kind of historical judgement.We should not forget that they are also human. They also deserve respect.They are born out of our blood.Then why shall we deceive them the advantages we enjoy.


  • Jadugar
    Sep 25, 2012 - 9:02PM

    Absolutely, More impotantly they are entitled to equal treatment as well, by all walks of life, The society needs to recoganize and accept them as equals.


  • Umer
    Sep 25, 2012 - 10:49PM


    Though Constitution of Pakistan grants equal rights to all its minorities including the transgenders

    No it doesn’t, you haven’t read the constitution then.


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