Sunday, December 5, 2021

Punjab police told to explain ‘discrimination’ against transgender people in recruitment


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to the Punjab chief secretary, and inspector-general on a petition against the Punjab police for allegedly showing discrimination against transgender people by not hiring them in the force.

A bench of the LHC directed them to file their comments on the petition by next hearing without fail.

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The counsel for the petitioner stated that Articles 4, 18, and 25 of the country’s Constitution provide “a shield against any kind of discrimination especially in respect to a job or profession to earn a livelihood.”

“But the act of the respondents not to permit transgender persons to compete with the other applicants offends against the said provisions of the Constitution,” he argued.

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After an initial hearing, the court issued notices to the official respondents – the Punjab government, chief secretary, and inspector-general – with a direction to file their report before the next hearing.

The bench appointed a senior lawyer, Dr Mazhar Ilahi, as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter that involves “important questions of public importance.”

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