Ensure Basic Necessities For Transgenders: Jharkhand HC Directs

Jharkhand High Court directed the State Government to ensure that proper necessities are provided to the community of transgenders. The basic necessities include food and shelter. The direction issued is in light of the prevailing lockdown.

Counter Affidavit Regarding Basic Necessities

A bench directed the government to file counter-affidavit with regard to the measures taken. In a petition filed by Adv Sonal Tiwary for Amarjeet Singh. Amarjeet sought directions from the government to provide these basic necessities to the transgenders’ community “as they were feeling helpless due to the lockdown situation”.

The above-mentioned bench comprised of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan & Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad. However, Advocate General submitted that the State was in fact “duty-bound to take care of transgender people” and was ready to take immediate steps. Granted, the petitioner submits the list of bonafide transgenders.

Apart from the above-mentioned petition, the court sought reply and steps taken from the government. These include status and adequacy in the supply of medical essentials, the welfare of migrant workers. And also non-supply of rapid testing kits.

Mythri Scheme

Regarding transgenders, Karnataka High Court also directed the state government. It asked to broaden the assistance under the ‘Mythri Scheme’ for the transgenders’ community on April 9, 2020. Mythri Scheme is for the welfare of the public at large in light of the prevailing crisis amid COVID19 pandemic.