Provinces to provide job opportunity to the eunuchs, SC orders

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed all the provinces to provide job opportunity to the eunuchs so that they could lead their life in a respectable manner.

A two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold meetings with the social welfare departments and eunuchs at divisional or district level for registering them at voters.

Chief secretaries of all the provinces were asked to cooperate with NADRA for the issuance of National Identity Cards (NICs) and possession of their property.

Expressing its annoyance over the Balochistan government for not taking steps regarding the welfare of eunuchs, the court asked the Social Welfare Department secretary that why the court should not take action against him.

During the hearing, applicant Dr Aslam Khakhi requested the court to direct the government for allocating jobs quota for the eunuchs. He said that people had taken interest in their welfare after the court’s intervention.

He said that three female students of Quad-I- Azam University were writing thesis on the issues of eunuchs.

A eunuch from Karachi told the bench that she did two masters in different subjects and now doing job in the Cantonment Board for collection of the taxes.

She informed the court that despite achieving the target of tax the collection her salary was not increased. She also mentioned that 16 more eunuchs were doing job in the same department on contract basis. The court directed the department concerned to examine their job regularization cases.

ECP Joint Secretary Shair Afghan told the court that votes of 106 eunuchs had been registered and further steps were also being taken to register their votes in the country.

The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks.

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