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  • Tech Mahindra fires employee involved in sexual discrimination

    Information Technology giant Tech Mahindra encountered the country’s first-ever case dealing with workplace homophobia and discrimination after the landmark verdict of Supreme Court against section 377. An employee Richa Gautam, allegedly accused of discrimination against a gay man, was fired by the company.

  • India gets 1st ever gender-neutral hostel in Mumbai’s TISS campus

    Mumbai: After the historic verdict by the Supreme Court to scrap Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalised homosexuality, India has become the first-ever country to have a gender-neutral hostel. Yes! You read it right. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai’s Deonar has become the first campus in India to have a gender-neutral hostel. This comes after the efforts by Queer Collective, an informal student body

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    Supreme Court unlocks expansive notions of freedom

    In a landmark judgment last week, the Supreme Court (SC) junked Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that denied a sizeable minority of the LGBT community the right to pursue its sexual orientation. In doing so, a five-member Constitution bench of the apex court unanimously articulated, through four separate judgments, that the Indian society must respect the rights of the LGBT community to live with dignity as part of the right

  • Pastor raises slogans in court against verdict on section 377, ‘God has destroyed the cities which allowed homosexuality’

    Coimbatore: Days after the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality, a city-based pastor created a flutter in a court complex here Monday, raising slogans against the landmark judgement and claiming that same sex marriage would lead to natural calamities, police said. Father Felix Jebasingh of Puliyakulam Church came to the district court complex and standing in the corridor shouted slogans urging the people not to support gay marriages. “Please do not support the court judgement on

  • Section 377 verdict: The battle has only begun

    The Supreme Court judgement that has now decriminalised sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex is being widely welcomed across the nation. The words of the Justices written across 495 pages are likely to be quoted again and again for the clear and forthright manner in which they offer a broad, expansive, liberal and dynamic interpretation of the Constitution and a powerful reiteration of the guarantees of equality and fundamental

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    If gay professor in ‘Aligarh’ was alive today, he wouldn’t have to die, says Manoj Bajpayee

    Mumbai: Section 377 of the IPC has been repealed, and actor Manoj Bajpayee, who played the lead role in “Aligarh”, is celebrating the fall of the draconian law criminalising homosexuality. Manoj said: “When I played the homosexual professor Ramchandra Siras in ‘Aligarh’, I realised what true loneliness is. The man’s isolation was more of an issue to me than his sexual orientation. I feel the Supreme Court verdict is a triumph for

  • Section 377 verdict: Ramifications of an unexceptionable verdict

    Last Thursday, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court modified Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalised homosexuality involving consensual adults. It was a welcome decision that involved modifying laws to keep pace with the shifting moral codes of society. More to the point, it conferred a certain dignity of life to individuals who had been put on the wrong side of law – and therefore potentially subject to harassment

  • Colleagues, friends ostracised me for fighting for LGBT rights: Celina Jaitly

    Celina Jaitly, who has always spoken up for the rights of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), says she was ostracised by her colleagues, friends and family for fighting for their rights but this did not deter her and she kept going. An ecstatic Celina called it a historic judgement by the Supreme Court, which on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consulting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which

  • Section 377: ‘SC verdict decriminalising gay sex will tarnish Indian culture’

    New Delhi/Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi has claimed that Supreme Court’s verdict decriminalising homosexuality will tarnish the Indian culture, and suggested the Apex Court to review its decision on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

  • Section 377 verdict: Homosexuality is against nature, religion, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377, a leading Muslim organisation called Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind said homosexuality is against nature, religion and cultural values.  Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani said, “Homosexuality is against nature, religion and cultural values ??of India. It should not have been allowed.”

  • Bhopal: Society divided on SC verdict on scrapping of section 377

    Bhopal: Non-LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community on Friday in Bhopal refused to comment on the SC decision of scrapping Section 377 of the IPC but expressed reservation about it saying, “We cannot challenge the verdict, but it is unnatural and society will not accept it.”Rashmi Agrawal, 37, social activist, said, “I think, SC verdict is wrong. It is against the nature. It will send wrong message to our next generation.”

  • Bhopal: Love is here, thanks SC for scrapping Section 377, says LGBTQ community

    Bhopal: People of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community welcomed the Supreme Court judgment decriminalising Section 377 of the Indian Penal Court (IPC). They called the verdict historic and thanked the apex court for ending the curse. For them, it was freedom at midday — a rebirth. Twenty-one-year-old Tarun Chauhan who is pursuing bachelor’s degree in textile design from NIFT, Bhopal said that he cried out of happiness after hearing

  • Indore: Members happy about SC decision of decriminalising gay sex, say society needs to change

    Indore: In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled out consensual gay sex not a criminal act giving freedom to members of LGBT community to engage in sex. The judgement, by a Constitution bench of the apex court, has defanged the British-era Section 377 of the IPC, which deemed that gay sex is a punishable offence. Now, it is no longer an offence. The judgement brought joy to members of

  • Section 377 verdict opens pandora’s box

    India today joined 17 Commonwealth nations that legalized gay sex between consenting adults in private, so that coitus between two adults, whether male, female or somewhere in between, is no longer a crime.