The government did not think it necessary to consult or discuss the issue with DMK MP Tiruchi Siva(62) before introducing in the Lok Sabha a bill for transgenders. The DMK MP’s private member bill on the subject was the first such bill to be passed by the Rajya Sabha in 45 years. It was never discussed in the LS. And Siva says the new bill is both a flawed and watered-down version of what he had initiated. Excerpts from his conversation with Anoo Bhuyan:
Why did you opt to move a private member bill last year?
I could have raised it on the floor of the House, but that doesn’t lead to anything. I had to persuade those in power. Hence I brought it in to initiate a wider discussion. Although the government asked if I would like to withdraw it as it planned to introduce a bill, I INSisted on it because I did not want to leave it to the government.
And what do you think about the government’s bill?
The government has tried to put my bill under the...