Campaign `207 against 377` to protest gay sex
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 06, 2014, 22:48
  
New Delhi: As many as 207 non-government organisations on Thursday launched a campaign to protest against the recent Supreme Court judgement which criminalises same sex.

The campaign--'207 against 377'--launched by 'Penchan' will sensitise various stakeholders including political parties, religious leaders, media and educational institutions on the issue.

It will contribute to the discourse on Section 377, which criminalises same sex and undermines fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Apex court had on December 11 last year upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the IPC which evoked sharp reactions from gay right and civil society activists.

"The campaign intends to influence attitudes and public policies to ensure the protection and dignity of LGBT Indians," said Ashok Row Kavi, a gay rights activist.

According to James Robertson, Executive Director of India HIV/AIDS Alliance, "The fight against Section 377 will be a long fight. It cannot be fought single-handedly."

Referring to the judgement which called these communities as 'miniscule minority', Pawan Dhall, another gay rights activist said, "The Supreme Court in its judgement has cited the lack of numbers in the community. To take our legal battle forward, we need to document that we are not, in fact, a miniscule minority."

A transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi said: "Sexual minorities are full citizens of this country. Due to their sexual and gender identities, they are denied opportunities to earn a living, to study, and to access health services. The judgement multiplies the stigma and discrimination manifold"

PTI

First Published: Thursday, February 06, 2014, 22:48


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