India

LGBTI Rights in India


ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

Opinion | Why the Battle to Love Won’t End with Section 377

Meditation helps eradicate homosexuality.” “Trust me this is perfectly curable, let’s start you off on some Clonazepam now!” “Homosexuality cannot be legal. It is against our religion and culture.” “There’s a gay…

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‘Evening Shadows’ Give Way to Light

As the Indian Supreme Court considers overturning Section 377 of the penal code — effectively decriminalizing homosexual conduct for an estimated 20% of all LGBTI people on the planet — a victory…

ADDED ON: 08/01/2018

Bollywood Stars Pledge Support for Repealing India’s Anti-Gay Law

As India’s apex court prepares to a rule on the constitutionality of the country’s anti-gay law, Bollywood stars are coming out in support of repeal and more LGBT equality in the country.…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2018

India’s Engineering Students Join Gay Rights Fight

Twenty-seven-year-old Debottam Saha remembers how he became a victim of blackmail earlier this year. Saha is a gay man. One night, he went to meet a man who seemed kind to him, at first. But, as…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2018

‘Our Lives Should Be Lived in the Sun’: The Couple Fighting to Legalise Gay Sex in India

One day, about 15 years ago, Sunil Mehra’s partner, Navtej Johar, a classical dancer, was being interviewed on the phone at their New Delhi home. The journalist asked about Johar’s sexuality. Mehra…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

Not Just Section 377, the Law Isn’t Straight for a Queer Person in India

Can a trans-woman report sexual harassment at work against a colleague? Does a queer person have the right to claim property that belonged to their parents or other family members? Can a…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

India’s Top Court Likely to Overturn Colonial-Era Anti-Homosexuality Law

Calling the law “Victorian-era morality” Justice Rohinton Nariman, also chimed in, agreeing to Justice Chandrachud, saying prohibitions have never resolved social issues. In a big win for the LGBT rights in India, the…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

Family Courts Witness More Women Seeking Divorce From Gay Husbands

When a 26-year-old woman from Thodupuzha entered a wedlock with a 38-year-old man from Kothamangalam, little she did know what was in store for her. All she dreamt was of a happy…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2018

How Trinidad and Tobago Played a Key Role in India’s Ongoing LGBT Hearing

In the end, it happened amazingly fast. After the 18 years it has taken so far to fight the Section 377 case, for decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations, the lawyers and activists involved had…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2018

India on Brink of Biggest Gay Rights Victory as Supreme Court Prepares to Rule on Gay Sex Ban

India stands on the brink of the greatest breakthrough for gay rights since the country’s independence, activists say, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether homosexuality is illegal. While the…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2018

Will India Stop Treating Gays Like Criminals?

India’s Supreme Court is currently hearing a challenge to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality. Under the colonial-era law, passed by the British in the 1860s, homosexual acts…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2018

Supreme Court on Section 377: LGBT Individuals Are Forced to Marry Opposite Sex

In a significant observation during the hearing on IPC Section 377, Justice Indu Malhotra today said that individuals belonging to lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community marry a person of the…

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