This Is What LGBTs of India Want You To Know – A Rainbow Of Miseries
The United States of America, on 26th June 2015, became the 21st country in the world that legalised same-sex marriage. The story back home isn’t very rosy.
As the world moves ahead with recognising same-sex couples and legalising gay marriages, the LGBT activist are still fighting the infamous Section 377 which describes homosexual acts as unnatural and criminalises gay sex.
Here are some of the horror stories that demands attention and recognition for LGBT rights.
1. Corrective Rape
— HIV Insight (@HIV_Insight) June 18, 2015
Rape is used as a method to “correct” the sexual orientation of LGBT people. As horrible as it sounds it becomes worse when you know that the perpetrators are usually family members.
The Times of India reports that there have been 15 instances of ‘corrective rape’ that have been reported to the crisis intervention team of LGBT collective in Telangana in the last 5 years and many more go unreported in the fear of facing social stigma.
2. Harassment, Discrimination and Abuse
— Nafoussi Noureddine (@NafoussiN) June 10, 2015
When the Delhi High Court declared Section 377 as unconstitutional, a number of people came out to their families and public thinking that the times have changed. But after the Supreme Court reversed the decision all these people were put in danger.
As reported by YouthKiAwaz, a man from Gujarat who had participated in the Gujarat Gay Pride Parade was later brutally raped by the 2 cops posted on security duty during the march.
3. Forced Marriage
— NewsFlashback (@NewsFlashback) July 12, 2015
Ours is a society where arranged marriage is the norm, parents usually force their gay kids to get married in the hope that would change their sexual orientation
According TheHindu, a doctor in Delhi committed suicide after finding out that her husband was gay and her suicide note revealed that she faced mental harassment from her husband. In another incident, a dentist in Bangalore filed a case under section 377 after finding out that her husband was having sexual relationships with other men.
The situation is very bleak, but there are a few stories that prove there is light at the end of the tunnel.
1st Transgender Anchor
— 5thspace (@5thspace) October 27, 2014
A news station in Tamil Nadu, Lotus News, featured Padmini Prakash, India’s first transgender anchor as reported by the Huffington Post.
— Reddit India (@redditindia) February 11, 2015
A gay couple got married in a small Maharashtrian wedding in Jogeshwari, Mumbai as reported by BuzzFeed
Third Gender Recognition
— Gay Star News (@gaystarnews) June 18, 2015
In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court recognized the transgenders as the third gender and asked the center to treat transgender as socially and economically backward. This would enable the transgenders to seek admission in educational institutions and employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender.
These instances highlight the small steps taken in the long journey of giving LGBTs their much-delayed rights, there’s a lot to be done from legal and social perspective to ensure that they get a life full of dignity and self-esteem.
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