Senator Wants Trans People Defined According to How They Pee

KARACHI, PAKISTAN - MARCH 08: Sarah Gill, a trans activist, stands on stage with other members of the trans community at the Aurat March for International Women's Day on March 08, 2021 in Karachi, Pakistan. Transgender women are subject to discrimination, violence, and systemic exclusion in Pakistan -- a country that ranks among the most dangerous in the world for women. An end to gender-based violence, sexual harassment, and human rights violations against women, transgender and non-binary people are among the demands of Women's March organizers. (Photo by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

A Pakistani lawmaker made the bizarre assertion that those people who are considered transgender must “keep one hole for urination.”
A historic transgender rights law was passed by Pakistani parliamentarians in 2018, however some are now claiming that the measure goes against Islamic beliefs on gender identification.
According to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, transgender people in Pakistan have the right to modify their gender identity on previously issued official papers in accordance with their personal preferences.

RELATED: Pakistan’s Transgender Legislation In The Line of Fire


It has taken four years for some politicians to oppose a landmark law protecting the rights of transgender persons, saying it’s against Islam and the country’s constitution.

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/10/07/pakistans-transgender-legislation-in-the-line-of-fire/


The law’s section allowing for gender transition has drawn criticism for being un-Islamic and creating a pathway for same-sex marriage, which is now forbidden. However, proponents of trans rights contend that the inaccurate discussion of the law is hurting the transgender community even more.
According to Vice, Senator Fawzia Arshad of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is promoting a new bill that would describe transgender individuals as those who “maintain one hole for urination” under the law.

RELATED: How Constitution of Pakistan protects rights of transgender individuals


In the words of Justice A K Sikri “equality not only implies preventing discrimination but goes beyond in remedying discrimination against groups suffering systematic discrimination in society.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/447282-how-constitution-of-pakistan-protects-rights-of-transgender-individuals


The previous bill already had an odd definition of a transgender person because it also included someone who is intersex, or possesses both male and female sex traits, as well as someone whose gender identity differs from the gender given to them at birth.
According to the news source, this new plan reflects growing opposition and defamation campaigns against legislation protecting transgender persons, which frequently align with these lawmakers’ religious views on gender and sex.

RELATED: Defending the Transgender Act is decolonising Pakistan’s laws


Pakistan’s 2018 Transgender Right Act is facing renewed attacks by right-wing leaders of Jamat-e-Islami who are claiming that it undermines religion, but this dangerous narrative must be opposed, explains Ifra Javed.

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/opinion/pakistans-transgender-act-must-be-defended


“While Arshad’s awkwardly-worded proposal has bemused many, making some wonder if she knows the difference between a vagina and a urethra, there’s also a larger concern over the direction this movement is taking,” Vice writes.
Only last week another senator said that trans people were “disgusting.”

RELATED: Confusion or conspiracy? Pakistan’s trans rights act falls to dispute


After religious parties claimed the trans rights act paves way for possibility of same-sex marriages, among the violations of other Islamic edicts, it has been challenged in, and thus has been termed anti-Sharia by the Federal Shariat Court

https://arynews.tv/pakistans-trans-rights-act-falls-dispute/


According to VOA, some trans rights advocates argue that rising transphobia, including many murders of trans women in recent weeks, is due to Pakistan’s persecution of homosexuality. The campaigners contend that there should be no association between transgender and LGB individuals.

REFERENCE:

https://www.advocate.com/world/2022/10/07/senator-wants-trans-people-defined-according-how-they-pee


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