Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological body of BJP that often dictates policy matters for the party, has reiterated that it will oppose gay rights or decriminalisation of homosexuality in India, along with live-in relationships. The RSS made its stand on both homosexuality and live-in relations clear during the presentation of the annual report of its activities for 2013-14 at a meeting that began on Friday at the Rashtrothana Vidya Kendra.
Back in 2009, Lesley Esteves was dancing in the streets after judges in Delhi decriminalised homosexuality. When the Delhi High Court suspended the draconian Section 377 of the Indian penal code which dated from the days of British rule, India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community thought there was no turning back.
The week before Valentine's Day, newspapers, TV Channels and the stores that dot the city, speak endlessly on the "Day of love". Numerous hoarding across the city scream out: "We have the best gift for your special one". Even the uninitiated would know that February 14 is about mushy feelings of love, and they do get to experience the literal meaning of "love is in the air". >>>
In a chilling reminder of the atrocities perpetrated on helpless gay men in India, a 23 year old man was brutally raped by two policemen in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, in the wee hours of Sunday, 9th Feb, 2014. The incident happened on SG Road near Science City, when the victim was returning to his car to go home after a party. >>>
On Friday, January 10, 2014, a few hundred people gathered at the Arts Faculty North Campus, the hub of Delhi University, to protest against Supreme Court’s Judgement on Section 377. The event titled “DU AGAINST 377” was organized by students, research scholars and faculty of Delhi University (DU).
The Indian Supreme Court has refused to sack four Indian Government ministers for criticizing its recriminalization of homosexuality in the South Asian nation but has criticized them for criticizing it. >>>
On 16 December, D, 25, a Kolkata resident, was returning home, from the fashion boutique he owns, when some people on the street threw eggs at him. A day or two earlier, a group of approximately seven men from the neighbourhood had blocked his way, demanding to know how much they would have to pay him in return for sexual favours. The attacks on Diya come less than a week after the Supreme Court (SC) verdict overturning a 2009 Delhi High Court (HC) decision that decriminalised homosexuality. >>>
Echoing the sentiments of the LGBT community, some Muslim groups have opposed the Supreme Court's recent order which recriminalizes homosexuality. The groups have demanded scrapping of the draconian section 377.
Now that the Supreme Court has restored the 19th-century ban on homosexuality, when all the arguments are done, when we Indians have heard everything about freedom over our bodies and homosexuality being a Western import and the right to privacy and more, maybe it’s time to remember our traditions. Perhaps there are lessons there about homosexuality too. >>>
Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Indian law against homosexuality cannot be overturned except by Parliament, gay sex is illegal once again, making it that much harder for young gay, lesbian and transgender Indians to identify themselves as such.
This makes the staff of Q Radio, the only Internet radio channel in India for the L.G.B.T. community, take their mission all the more seriously, even as the fledgling station risks the possibility of prosecution as talk show hosts and guests discuss topics like coming out of the closet. >>>
Sonia Gandhi issued a statement saying she is disappointed with the Supreme Court order that reversed the Delhi High Court order on homosexuality. "I hope that Parliament will address this issue and uphold the constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to all citizens of India, including those directly affected by this judgment," she said in a statement. >>>