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While noting that the State had taken various steps for their welfare, the Court has now urged that the members of the transgender community and NGOs to approach concerned authorities so they can avail these measures.
The Kerala High Court recently issued a slew of directions in order to put an end to the issues faced by the transgender community amid COVID-19 pandemic (Kabeer C Alias Aneera Kabeer vs State of Kerala).
The petitioner, Aneera Kabeer, had moved the High Court highlighting the pitiable conditions of transgenders in the State amid COVID-19. It was alleged that the State Authorities had not undertaken to ensure the distribution of ration, medicines, access to medical treatment, etc., to the transgender community in Kerala.
Responding to the plea, the Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly have now issued the following directions:
The State authorities should ensure that medicines are supplied free of cost in accordance with the policy of the State Government, whenever any member of the transgender community is approaching the concerned statutory authority with the medical prescription of a doctor.
If and when any member of the transgender community approaches the District Authority or Nodal Officer appointed for the purpose of issuing gender identity card and the ration card, necessary steps shall be taken at the earliest to address the issues and immediate steps should be taken to issue the identity card and ration card to such persons.
All other issues raised by the transgenders in writing shall also be addressed appropriately.