Madras High Court Issued Notice to Tamil Nadu Government on re-opening of the Speciality Transgender clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai.

Sivakumar TD Vs. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors WP No. 16248 of 2021 | Madras High Court | Status: Pending | |

The present writ petition has been filed under Article 226 as a PIL seeking for the immediate re-opening of the Speciality Transgender Clinic at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital at Chennai and also for an order directing the Respondents to ensure that transgender persons who are of legal major age (above 18) are not asked to bring their parents or furnish parental approval for the gender-affirmation process before the Chief Justice Bench of Madras High Court.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu, through GO (MS) No. 307 dated 09.07.2019 opened an exclusive speciality transgender clinic for transgender persons in Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital at Chennai and Government Rajaji Hospital at Madurai. The Tamil Nadu State is the second state in India to open exclusive clinics for transgender persons after Kerala. The speciality clinic provides free of cost services such as a) Treatment for common ailments, b) Mental Health Care- Assessment of Gender Dysphoria, treat the Co-existing mental health concerns and mentally prepare for gender transition, c) Gender Affirmative Hormone treatment for Trans-Men and Trans Women, d) Sex Reassignment Surgeries (SRS) for trans men and trans women, e) Non- Genital Surgeries, f) Treatment for STDs, g) Vaccination for Hepatitis, HPV, etc, h) Treatment for NCDs, i) Dermatological treatments, j) Urological care.

This Speciality clinic has been closed for the past 15 months from March 2020 due to Covid restrictions. Accordingly due to the closure and denial to access the Speciality transgender clinic the Trans community people have drastically suffered during the time of Covid-19 without access to medical checkup, treatment and Gender affirmation surgery, etc.

The present PIL was represented by the Advocates Mr. Arun Kasi & Mr. Pradeep Raja. T before the Hon’ble Madras High Court.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice Bench issued notice for the immediate re-opening of the said Clinic. And further directed the State to file an affidavit or a status report through the Dean of the hospital, within four weeks.