The term “hijra,” in India, is used to refer to transgender women. The country has an estimated 1 million hijras, with communities recorded back more than 4,000 years. They've had a sanctioned place in Indian society and culture throughout time. But their visibility in history — with ancient myths bestowing them special powers to bring luck and fertility — hasn't protected the hijra. >>>
People from various walks of life pledged their support in a walk organised by the NGO, Praja Rajakiya Vedike (PRV) here on Wednesday against the Supreme Court judgement upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. >>>
Human rights activists across the country are deeply disappointed with today’s decision of the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation to overturn the historic Delhi High Court judgement of 2009, which decriminalised homosexuality in India. CREA believes that today’s decision to set aside that historic and progressive judgement is an unconscionable blow to people’s fundamental rights to equality and freedom from discrimination, violence, and harassment. This is a huge setback not just for the LGBT movement in this country and elsewhere. >>>
We are deeply disappointed at the decision of the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation. The decision by overturning the historic Delhi High Court judgment which recognized that LGBT persons are full citizens of India, attempts to stem the tide of history. By overturning the Naz Foundation judgment, the Supreme Court has, in one fell stroke again reduced LGBT persons to the status of what the Delhi High Court memorably called 'unapprehended felons'. >>>
Over 200 people came together in Bangalore on November 11 to condemn police action and arrest of 13 members of the queer community on the night of November 3 in Hassan, Karnataka. This was the largest single usage of the draconian Sec 377 in independent India. >>>
From 2G to LGBT might seem like quite a jump, but it is one that Justice G S Singhvi seems to have made with equanimity. The judge was recently part of the Supreme Court bench which delivered the controversial 2G verdict.