The Delhi HC on Thursday sought a status report from the city government on the steps it has taken to construct separate toilets for transgender persons.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday demanded an update from the municipal administration on its progress toward constructing separate restrooms for transgender people.
Additionally, a division bench headed over by Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla instructed the Delhi government to inform the court of the newly constructed public spaces that have restrooms for third-gender individuals. “If not, we direct the GNCTD to investigate this matter immediately,” the bench stated.
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) brought by Jasmine Kaur Chhabra, who requested that the case be investigated in accordance with the Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines, which highlight the importance of transgender restrooms.
The Delhi administration notified the court that it had previously sent a notice according to these requirements.
During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel contended that there is a delay since the government requested a two-year term to construct such toilets. On July 29, the judge set the subject for further hearing.
The petitioner stated in the PIL that every human being, regardless of gender, has fundamental human rights, including the right to use separate public restrooms, and that failing to provide such facilities to transgender or third-gender individuals would violate Articles 14 and 21.
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