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States to Ensure Separate Accommodation for Transgender Persons in Prisons


Prayagraj Express: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all States to ensure separate accommodation for transgender persons in prisons.


Advised the States and the Union Territories that the prison admission register may be suitably revised to include “transgender” as a category other than male and
female gender.

• Similar provision may be made in the Prison Management System in maintaining
electronic records.
• The government enacted the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act in
2019 and the advisory was sent to ensure their safety and to protect them against
any form of exploitation in the context of prisons and correctional facilities.
• However, while making provision for a separate enclosure for transgender
prisoners, due care may be taken by the prison authorities that this may not result
in their complete isolation or propagate social stigma among such prisoners.
• There should also be adequate preservation of right to privacy and dignity in regard
to separate toilets for transmen and transwomen as well as shower facilities.
• Physical search of a transgender person may be conducted by a person of their
preferred gender or by a trained medical professional or a paramedic.
• At the stage where the search procedure requires stripping, it must be done in a
private room or partition.

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