India’s corrupt and incompetent government and prime minister trying to enact new laws that do the polar opposite of what their names claim. Finally, an american idea catches on in India.
First, a new “law” will allow people to easily obtain citizenship based on their religion. It will welcome hindus, buddhists, sikhs, jains, parsis and christians.
Do you notice which religion is missing? A religion that makes up a third of India’s population and is the religion of many of India’s neighbors?
This is religious exclusion, not inclusion. Modi wants to slowly outpopulate and eliminate muslims.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in India on Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government offered a controversial bill in parliament that would give citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from three neighboring countries.
Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in India’s lower house amid raucous debate. Opposition parties stood against the proposed law that would, for the first time, create a legal pathway to grant Indian nationality on the basis of religion.
Second is a new “Transgender rights bill” is designed to anything but grant equal rights. Under Modi’s farcical “law”, Transgender, Non-Binary, Intersex and other similar people could have less protection under the law after being attacked or assaulted. Crimes committed will result in lesser sentences (a half to a third as long) than if they were perpetrated against a cisgender person.
If you think cisgender women in India live in fear, just imagine being a Transgender person.
Despite ongoing and intensifying protests the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 has passed both of India’s Houses and is now waiting on the presidential assent to become law.
The Trans Bill 2019 is contrary to the Supreme Court of India, third gender ruling which declared transgender people to be a ‘third gender’, affirmed that the fundamental rights granted under the Constitution of India will be equally applicable to transgender people, and gave them the right to self-identification of their gender as male, female or third-gender.
According to the trans rights bill 2019, a person can apply to become classified as transgender by submitting an application to a district magistrate. this defies the right to self-determine one’s gender as has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
In the event that a district magistrate rejects the application, there is no appeal process for a transgender person who cannot avail any benefits mentioned in the Bill without the certification.
If the ‘application’ is approved and the trans person is later sexually violated the penalties are substantially less according to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019.
This leaves India’s third gender solely at the mercy of a district magistrate, and a lesser caste at best, which is an absolute violation of their rights as citizens.
Read this item from NPR:
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) bill prohibits discrimination against transgender persons with regard to things like education, employment and the ability to rent or buy property. It also gives transgender persons a “right to self-perceived identity” — but requires them to register with the government if they want to be officially recognized as “transgender.” If a transgender person identifies as a trans man or trans woman and wants to be legally recognized as such, they have to submit proof of gender confirmation surgery to the government.
The bill makes abusing transgender people a punishable offense with a jail term from six months to two years. But under Indian law, when a cisgender (that is, a person whose gender identity matches their sex at birth) woman or child is sexually abused, the punishment can be as severe as a life sentence or, in some cases, even the death penalty. Semmalar says the lesser punishment for crimes against transgender people reiterates and strengthens the idea that trans lives are dispensable and of lesser value.
Lesser punishment when the victim is Transgender? This is not “protection”. It’s an encouragement for sexual predators and murderers to target Transgender people instead of cisgender women.