We see this in opposition to the idea of this democratic country whose Constitution guarantees each and every individual the right to equality. The Delhi High Court Judgment of 2009 which decriminalized sexual activities between consenting adults of the same sex made the following statement:
“If there is one constitutional tenet that can be said to be underlying theme of the Indian Constitution, it is that of ‘inclusiveness’. This Court believes that Indian Constitution reflects this value deeply ingrained in Indian society, nurtured over several generations. The inclusiveness that Indian society traditionally displayed, literally in every aspect of life, is manifest in recognizing a role in society for everyone. Those perceived by the majority as “deviants” or ‘different’ are not on that score excluded or ostracized.”
On the eve of this republic day, as we celebrate the progressive Constitution of this country,we stand by the understanding of inclusiveness and democracy as espoused by the progressive judgment and resist the regressive stance put forth by the Supreme Court!
Join LABIA and Zehen for a leafleting campaign to help spread awareness on the issue. You can take a print out of the leaflets and distribute them by yourself in any area of your choice. Additionally, you may join us at any of the following locations in Mumbai, Maharashtra: