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Watch: Off Centre With Anjali Gopalan

IndiaJuly 21, 2018, 8:52 pm

A five-member Constitution bench of the Supreme Court has just finished hearing a bunch of petitions challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This British era law makes homosexuality a criminal offence. There’s a sense that after a decades-long legal battle, the LGBTQ community may finally be able to live openly and without fear of being criminally persecuted. Recent judgments on Right to Privacy and transgender rights are expected to have a positive impact on the Supreme Court’s outlook. The stand taken by the Government of India, where it has left this specific issue up to the “wisdom of the courts”, is seen as a positive sign. On Off Centre, Anuradha SenGupta talks to Anjali Gopalan, the founder of the Naz Foundation, that’s been at the forefront of this battle. Gopalan says decriminalisation, if it does happen, is a small first step towards equal rights.

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