On December 11th, 2013, The Supreme Court of India reinstated the Criminality of Homosexuality in India. This Judgment has inspired anger across different sections of society around the world. While the legal battle continues, it is important that we make our voices heard. Loud and Clear.
This Judgment is not about any one community in any one country but about the hegemonic structures that oppress many across the world. It is a blow to the various other LGBTIQ communities across the world who might have taken strength from the Indian story to challenge laws/social norms/prejudices that criminalise homosexuality in their own countries. It is time we begin to heal this lasting scar of colonialism. It is time we are given the space and freedom to pursue the work of fundamental social change which is made impossible with a law such as Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code choking us.
Gather your friends, lovers and anyone else who is enraged by this injustice. Make your voices heard.
The Hindu Times poll currently shows 84% of respondents oppose 377.
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11 दिसंबर 2013 को भारत के सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने देश में समलैंगिकता के आपराधिक होने को अपने फैसले के ज़रिये जारी रखा. इस फैसले ने दुनिया भर में समाज के अलग-अलग हिस्सों में गुस्सा पैदा किया है. जहाँ एक ओर कानूनी जंग जारी है, यह ज़रूरी है कि हम अपनी आवाज़ उठाएं और सुनाएं.
यह निर्णय किसी देश के एक खास समुदाय के बारे में नहीं बल्कि समाज में व्याप्त उन दमनकारी नियमों के बारे में है जो दुनिया भर में कई लोगों का दमन करते हैं. यह दुनिया भर में फैले उन अन्य एल जी बी टी आई क्यू समुदायों के लिए एक बड़ा झटका है जिन्होंने भारतीय अनुभव से प्रेरित होते हुए अपने अलग-अलग देशों में उन कानून/ सामाजिक नियमों/ सामाजिक भेदभावों को चुनौती देने की कोशिश की होगी, जो उनके देश में समलैंगिकता को आपराधिक बनाते हैं. समय आ गया है जब हम उपनिवेशवाद के दिए हुए इस ज़ख्म को भर डालें. समय आ गया है जब हमें मौका और आज़ादी मिले ताकि हम समाज में बड़ा बदलाव ला सकें, जो भारतीय दंड सहिंता की धारा 377 जैसा दमनकारी कानून असंभव बनाता है.
अपने दोस्तों, प्रेमियों और जो भी कोई इस अन्याय से क्रुद्ध हो, को जुटाएं और साथ लायें. अपनी आवाजें सुनवाएं.
We will Change the Law Two Transgenders have begun the War Against Discrimination — [Red Pix]
Educated Transgenders Selvi manoj,Banu have decided to change the Legal system and Legal recognition for transgenders.After a huge Struggle they are knocked the Court to fight for their Rights.
Members of the transgender community on Wednesday alleged they were ill-treated and assaulted by police personnel when they went to the Secretariat to give the Chief Minister a letter containing their grievances.
They had initially sought permission to hold a protest at Valluvar Kottam, demanding reservation in government jobs for members of their community. However, the permission was denied. “So, at 10 a.m., we went to the Secretariat hoping to give copies of the letter to officials. Instead of letting us meet the authorities concerned, we were dragged by the hair, assaulted and taken to the Kothawalchavadi police station,” said Bhanu, a computer engineer. They were released later at 7 p.m.
Swapna, an IAS aspirant, said they had planned a hunger strike at Valluvar Kottam to draw the government’s attention to the plight of the transgender community when it came to getting government jobs. “I have been trying to write the civil services exam for several years, but I am being denied permission. They don’t let me attempt the exam in the male or female category, and there is no ‘other’ category, either,” said the graduate with a BCA degree.
“And, when we tried to let the policy-makers know our problems, we were assaulted. Sadly, even the female police personnel treated us like a nuisance,” said Bhanu.
Police officers, however said, it was a minor scuffle as the members were trying to raise slogans there. “The Assembly was in progress and they were causing a disturbance. We were only trying to maintain decorum,” said an official.