Central government has advised states to allow transgenders to use public toilets of their choice & do away discrimination and harassment faced by them
The recent Central Government guidelines on gender issues in sanitation, circulated to all state governments, contain a clause stipulating that members of the ‘third-gender’ should be allowed to use the facility of their choice (men or women) in community or public toilets.
“SBM-G (Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin) should make a conscious effort that they are recognised as equal citizens and users of toilets...where suitable, their support can be enlisted in engaging communities, and their efforts duly recognised and honoured to break any stigma around them, and to enable them to use facilities without any embarrassment,” states the inclusivity clause in the guidelines.
Sarfaraz Khan, joint commissioner of health and solid waste management (SWM), BBMP, said his department would soon start working towards the implementing the guidelines.
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