Eunuchs move SC seeking quota in jobs January 21, 2009Posted by nitinkarani in English, Marginalization, Online/New Media, Transgender.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Accusing successive governments of neglecting their interests, eunuchs have moved the Supreme Court seeking their education, social and political rehabilitation, including reservation of seats in Parliament, state assemblies and legislative councils.
The petition filed by Sonam Singh, an eunuch from Rajasthan has sought a direction to the Union Government to constitute a National Kinner Ayog or Commission to take up the rehabilitation of the neglected population by providing them reservation in jobs, education and Parliament, assemblies and legislative councils.
In a petition filed through counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi, Sonam Singh, who identifies herself as a woman, regretted that even the Election Commission has never decided the gender category of eunuchs and has been arbitrarily treating them as female/male without any reasonable or scientific basis.
Stating that even 60 years after independence there was no data in the country to estimate eunuch population, she submitted that atleast 15 lakh eunuchs were physically challenged and were left to fend for themselves by begging.
According to the petition, the neglect of eunuchs was wrong as it was violative of various constitutional provisions like Articles 14,15,16,38,39,46 and 47. The said Articles provide for equality of law and provision of special treatment to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the society. It was submitted that though several commissions have been set up for the advancement of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, OBCs, physically handicapped and other disadvantaged sections, no such commission had so far been set up for eunuchs. The petition said the constitutional rights of eunuchs could not be violated by the Government neglecting them. Besides it would tarnish the country’s human rights record, the petition said.