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...More than a year has passed since the passage of the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 in the Rajya Sabha. Presently, the government is pushing for a heavily diluted legislation in place of the private member’s bill that was unanimously passed in the RS. The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014, piloted by Tiruchi Siva, MP, was introduced in the RS on December 10, 2014. MPs across partylines discussed the bill in detail and rallied for its passage. This proved to be a game-changer leading to the RS passing a private member’s bill for the first time in the last 46 years. However, there was an unanticipated delay in discussing the bill in the Lok Sabha. The reason became evident when on December 26, 2015, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment uploaded a bill on transgender “protection” with diluted provisions on its website. ...Indian Express on Oct. 28, 2016, 12:02 a.m.