The development came about after advocate Maninderjit Singh, who practices in Chandigarh, wrote a letter to High Court administration in 2021 advocating for the same.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has introduced separate toilets in the High Court campus for transgender persons.
The development came about after advocate Maninderjit Singh practicing in Chandigarh wrote a letter to High Court administration in 2021 advocating for the same.
Subsequently, he also sent a letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud in 2022, requesting separate toilets for transgender persons in all judicial buildings and constitutional courts across India.
The High Court forwarded the request made by lawyer to the Chief Architect of Chandigarh and asked to review the request in light of the judgment by Supreme Court in the case of National Legal Services Authority Vs. Union of India, 2014 and The Transgender Person (Protection of Rights) ACT, 2019.
“…figure out the feasibility for providing toilet for Transgender in the premises of this Court by making a joint exercise/inspection and thereafter, they shall submit the feasibility report to this Committee, immediately,” the letter by Registrar to Chief Architect stated.
Subsequently, a collective of five toilets were designated for use by transgender persons at various location in High Court premises.
CJI Chandrachud had, in April this year, approved gender-neutral restrooms in the Supreme Court.
The CJI had ordered construction of nine universal, gender-neutral restrooms at different locations in the main building as well as the additional building complex of the Supreme Court.
The move came after queer, non-binary lawyer Rohin Bhatt wrote to Justice Hima Kohli, who is the Chairperson of the Supreme Court Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee, requesting infrastructural inclusivity in the Supreme Court.
The Madras High Court had, in February, directed the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a plea seeking gender neutral public toilets across the State for transgender persons.
Similarly, the Gujarat High Court had recently issued notice to the Central and State governments on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking separate toilets for transgender persons in Gujarat.