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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that according to the constitution trans-genders had equal rights as all citizens of Pakistan, DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to the rights of the trans-genders.

The apex court ruled that the transgenders also have the right over family inheritance.

Moreover, the court declared that no one can deprive them from their right to their inheritance.

The apex court ordered that equal rights should be given to the eunuchs in all the fields of life including education and employment in a dignified manner.

The Supreme Court directed the authorities to send copies of the court order to federal and provincial governments and also directed strict implementation of the order.



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Shahid Niaz
Sep 25, 2012 12:09pm
I knew many a teachers, both male and female, who were doing other jobs right at the time when they were supposed to have been teaching in schools for which they were regularly drawing salaries albiet a bit less as they had to grease the palms of those whose duty it was to record their presence. Yes the government should earmark some funds specifically for their welfare and education of this segment of the society.
Sep 25, 2012 11:45am
I am just wondering if they get share of a male or female in inheritance (remember male child's share is twice of a female in Islamic jurisprudence)? Also, is there a leagal definition of a transgender person (not asking anatomical definition please but how does law differ among the three kinds of people, male, female, and transgender)? Any ideas?
Sep 25, 2012 06:54pm
Good decsision now keep up the good work.
Sep 25, 2012 11:38am
Makes Pakistan one of the leading countries to provide constitutional protection to transgenders. The SC has played a leading role in this. Now it is time for the SC to ensure that the constitutional rights of women and minorities of Pakistan are protected too.
Zohaib Syed Austria
Sep 25, 2012 12:16pm
Well Done Supreme Court of Pakistan!!
jamilur Rehman
Sep 25, 2012 11:34am
They are human beings like us and everyone should respect and help them with proper dignity. I request Honorable CJ to ask government to budget some quota for them in government departments specially in education departments where our males teachers are getting salaries without teaching.
Sep 25, 2012 12:56pm
The fact is all transgenders are either pr-male or pr-female although not fully developed so it is not that difficult to decided. Hope my reply will help you and many more.
Shahid Niaz
Sep 25, 2012 10:55am
Transgenders are humans. They enjoy all rights as any other citizen of Pakistan. GOOD JUDGEMNET!
Sep 25, 2012 10:53am
Agha Ata
Sep 25, 2012 12:34pm
Human rights are not limited to a particluar gender or genders.
Sep 25, 2012 12:57pm
Congrats for better verdict
Sep 25, 2012 01:31pm
Well done, Supreme Court and Justic Chaudhri. Now let's see if the law is implemented in letter and spirit