New Delhi: The Union women and child development minister, Maneka Gandhi, on Monday apologised for using the term âthe other onesâ for transgenders in Lok Sabha, saying she did not âsnigger but was embarrassed by her own lack of knowledge.âÂ Â
âI sincerely apologise for using the term âother onesâ during the debate on the Trafficking of Persons (prevention, protection and rehabilitation) bill, 2018, in Lok Sabha. I did not âsniggerâ,â Ms Gandhi said in a tweet.
Talking about the inclusion of information on prevention of human trafficking in school textbooks, Ms Gandhi had on Thursday called transgenders âthe other onesâ in Lok Sabha.Â The minister drew flak from the transgender community for using the word, with Meera Sanghamitra, a member of the National Alliance for Peopleâs Movements and a transgender herself, saying that Ms Gandhi and all the MPs who âthumped and laughed must apologiseâ.
âI was not aware of the official terminology for the transgender community,â Ms Gandhi said. But she added that in future all official communication will use the term TGs for transgenders.Â âI would like to assure that the Anti Trafficking Bill 2018 is gender neutral and provides protection to the aggrieved,â she added.