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Transgender driver gets a gift from on-duty traffic warden in Peshawar – Here’s why

PESHAWAR: A traffic sergeant in Peshawar flagged down a vehicle driven by transgender person to examine documents and the exercise of routine checking ended up on an awe-inspiring note.

The warden after finding that the transgender person was carrying all the documents gave the driver couple of snacks, soft drink and biscuits as a ‘gift’.

An on-looker also shot the video of the moment and it’s going viral on the social media.

Here it is:

 

The National Assembly in May this year approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 aimed at ensuring rights of transgender persons.

Under the law, transgender persons are able to register to obtain driving licence and passport. They will have the option to get their gender changed in the National Database and Registration Authority’s record.

According to the law, harassment of transgender persons will be prohibited in and outside their homes. They will not be discriminated against by educational institutions, employers, in trade and health services, and when using public transport and buying or selling or renting property.

It was also stated in the bill that anyone found guilty of forcing these persons to beg will be sentenced to six months in prison and served a fine of Rs50,000.

Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that transgender people could get national identity cards as a “third sex”.

Last year the government issued its first passport with a transgender category.

In practice however transgender people are often marginalized and face discrimination in education and jobs.

Many live in secluded communities and have no choice but to beg on the streets or sing at private parties to earn a living.

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