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To end gender discrimination, state govt to remove word ‘eunuch’ from Police Act

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Bengaluru: The state government on Tuesday told the Karnataka High Court that it would delete the word ‘eunuchs’ from Section 36(A) of the Karnataka Police Act and a suitable word would be inserted.

This decision by the state government comes as a relief to transgender community. The petitioner contended that Section 36(A) declares eunuchs to be offenders and such provision is violative of the constitutional right to equality granted to the third gender.

Section 36(A) of the Karnataka Police Act gives powers to the police to regulate eunuchs.

A government counsel had sought a direction from the court comprising acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath to declare Section 36(A) as unconstitutional. The PIL was filed by Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum.

Earlier the court had asked the government to take appropriate steps to remove discrimination in the provision against a particular section of the society. While granting six months time for the government to amend the law, the Bench orally told government counsel that the police should not harass transgenders, while also advising the transgenders not to harass the public.

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