Target: Head of the Supreme Court, Honorable Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam
Goal: Commend the Indian Supreme Court for recognizing transgender as a third gender
India’s Supreme Court has officially recognized ‘transgender’ as a third gender. In a statement from the Supreme Court, they argued that it is the right of every human being to choose their gender. The court ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in job and education in line with other minority groups in India. This is a positive step forward for human rights in India and for the transgender community there.
India has about two million transgender people. Many of these people have had to live on the fringe of society, suffering severe poverty due to their sexual identity. Many make their living through singing and dancing or through prostitution. Additionally, these people are often refused treatment in medical facilities, but his landmark decision from the Supreme Court will allow for better access to jobs and medical treatment. By treating transgender individuals as another minority group, they will be able to be treated on an even plane.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court recently criminalized gay sex, criminalizing homosexual activity shortly after another court in the country had decriminalized it. This still places many of those in the transgender community in an uncomfortable position. Hopefully, this Supreme Court decision will pave the way to more consideration of the human rights of transgender and homosexual people. Sign this petition and commend the Indian Supreme Court for recognizing the transgender community.
Dear Honorable Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam ,
The recent decision by the Supreme Court to recognize transgender citizens must be commended. It is a positive step forward towards ensuring equal rights for all of your citizens. The international community will take notice of this positive change. Allowing the nearly two million transgender citizens of your country to acknowledge who they are is a great step forward for human rights in your country.
Now your government must continue down this path towards improving the lives of the members of the LGBT community. For example, it is still illegal in your country to be in a homosexual relationship. This must change. The improvements to human rights will not be ignored, however. The Supreme Court has done the citizens of your country a great service.
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