Supreme Court Notice To Centre On Plea Against Guidelines Excluding Transgenders From Being Blood Donors
The Supreme Court Friday sought responses from the centre and others on a plea challenging the 2017 guidelines excluding transgenders, men having sex with men and female sex workers from being blood donors.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde agreed to hear the plea and issued notices to the Centre, the National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) and the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) seeking their responses on the plea filed by a transgender activist from Manipur.
"Issue notice," said the bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
The plea has also sought striking down of the clause of general criteria under blood donor selection criteria of the guidelines for blood donor selection and blood donor referral, 2017 to the extent it permanently defers transgenders, men having sex with men and female sex workers from being blood donors on account of being at risk of HIV infection.