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Thursday, December 24, 2009

SC advises govt to hire eunuchs for loan recovery

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday advised the government to consider appointment of eunuchs for the recovery of loans from defaulters.A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a petition of Dr Aslam Khaki.

Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki had filed the petition in the apex court for the welfare of the unfortunate and vulnerable people left by the society to earn a living through begging, dancing and prostitution.

The court advised that a strategy be evolved in order to provide respectable jobs to eunuchs and suggested that the federal government and social welfare departments may consider appointing eunuchs for recovery of loans as was done in India.

During the course of the proceedings, the social welfare and health department Sindh informed the court that the eunuch’s community is being involved in polio vaccination drive. The court also directed the federal and provincial governments to ensure inheritance rights to the eunuchs as they are entitled to such rights, guaranteed in the constitution.

The court directed that as eunuchs are entitled to their inheritance rights therefore exercise for their registration must be completed at the earliest. In this respect, the court directed provincial secretaries and social welfare departments to approach the respective DCOs and convey the court’s direction that after tracing their family roots, the eunuchs are entitled to get their share of inheritance.

The court observed that there is no law of the land to deprive them of their respective rights. The court also directed the family members of eunuchs not to deprive them of their due share in properties and if they do so, the law will take its due course.

The eunuchs were also directed to extend their cooperation to the concerned authorities. The court also directed the concerned authorities to register the eunuchs in electoral rolls and directed the provincial social welfare departments to get copies of such electoral lists on the basis of National Identity Card (NIC) or any other documents on the basis of medical test.

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