- Kuwait Times Extra
KUWAIT: Kuwait should set up rehabilitation centers to treat cases of gender identity disorder, helping prevent cross-dressers and transgendered people from being abused, a parliament member suggested.
“The law that penalizes imitation of the opposite sex is being applied in an improper manner,” said MP Dr Adel Al-Damkhi, further explaining that those that flout the law “are often subjected to abuse during arrest, during investigations as well as during confinement when they are jailed with other inmates.”
Instead, Al-Damkhi believes that sending ‘imitators’ directly to rehabilitation centers will help avoid abuse, as well as “receive treatment for their conditions.”
Al-Damkhi, a member of the parliamentary committee that focuses on tackling alien practices in society, states that the rehabilitation centers could be open to receive all individuals suffering from the disorder, and not only those arrested for imitating the opposite sex.
“Providing rehab to such patients has become a necessity,” the lawmaker said, adding that similar projects have been successfully adopted in Gulf and Arab countries .
Meanwhile, Dr Al-Damkhi noted that the committee will discuss a proposal to establish a ‘center to treat negative practices and enforce values’ in society. – Al-Rai
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