NEW DELHI -- The Indian government need to "change its outlook" towards the transgender community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. Interestingly, the PM's statements are a stark contrast to the legal battle his own government is fighting in the Supreme Court against recognising and giving benefits to transgenders as part of "other backward classes" (OBCs).
“Can you imagine how much apathy they (transgenders) face? The almighty has given them what he had to give but who are we to treat them unjustly? We will have to develop the system… We will have to bring changes to the legal system, amend the rules. The government will have to change its outlook,” Narendra Modi said to lawyers in an event to mark the Legal Services Day.
The event was organised by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), which is the same organisation that helped the transgender community get "third gender" status last April.
“We will need to assimilate everyone…include everyone. We will have to do something for everyone and when you take such an initiative, I believe there is a great advantage,” said Modi.
The Supreme Court will hear the government's objections to the ruling after serving notices to all state governments.
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