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April 15, 2014: Supreme Court recognises Transgenders as Third Gender.

Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue,” Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan told the Supreme Court while handing down the ruling.

The full text of the judgement is now available.

For more information, please look here.

April 14, 2014: Expected decision in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India at 10.30 a.m. on April 25, 2014 in Court Room No. 7 by a division bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court.

April 3, 2014: Supreme Court agrees to consider curative petition on Sec 377 in open court. Three of the submitted petitions can be downloaded from here.

March 31, 2014: Voices against 377 and Lawyers’ Collective (for Naz Foundation) will file curative petitions today. Details here.

Feb 27, 2014: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley comes out in support of decriminalization of homosexuality in India.

NDTV Story

Feb 11, 2014: Events marking second month since Supreme Court decision.

Feb 8, 2014: Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam says Curative Petition can be filed against Sec 377. TOI coverage of Mumbai event here.

Feb 7, 2014: Law Commission chief  Justice AP Shah quotes Indian Psychiatric Commission public statement, and says homosexuality is (should not be?) punishable. TOI report of Pune event here and IPS statement here.

Jan 30, 2014: NDTV reports that the Government of India will not file a curative petition

NDTV Story | What is a curative petition?

Jan 28, 2014: The Supreme Court of India considered the review petitions submitted against the Section 377 verdict on Jan 28th, 2014, and rejected all of them. The eight review petitions were filed by including Union of India, Naz, Voices against 377,  Shekhar Seshadri (mental health professionals), Minna Saran (parents), Nivedita Menon, Ratna Kapur and Shyam Benegal.

SC Order | Review process decodedA Fact sheet on Review and Curative petitions by SIPLA, NLSIU Bangalore

Jan 28, 2014 : See here for list of protest events against the review petition rejection

Jan 27, 2014: See eve-of-Jan 28 opinion pieces

Vikram on Orinam | Dhamini on Queer Ink.

Tell the Supreme Court who you are, and what you think of the Section 377 judgment at 377letters.orinam.net

Jan 26, 2014: Solidarity and awareness events around Section 377 will mark Republic Day in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Johannesburg [details here]

Jan 11, 2014: Protests and rallies marking one month since the Supreme Court event. See events page here.

Jan 10, 2014: Voices against 377 files review petition. Read more here.

Dec 24, 2013: Naz Foundation has filed review petition against Supreme Court verdict. Read more here.

Dec 20, 2013: LGBT groups across India, meet in Delhi on Dec 22nd to discuss next steps

Dec 20, 2013: The Government of India has filed a review petition, with 76 grounds to contend that the SC verdict is unconstitutional:

Full Text | The Hindu | NDTV | FirstPost | LiveMint | DNA | IBN Live

Dec 15, 2013:  LGBT groups organize Global Day of Rage in 35+ cities across the globe

GDOR and other events

Dec 14, 2013: Most Indian political parties support decriminalization of homosexuality. BJP opposes decriminalization.

 NDTV | The Telegraph

Dec 11, 2013: The Supreme Court of India sets aside Delhi high court ruling on Sec 377, and re-criminalizes homosexuality in India.

SC Verdict


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Press Releases, Media sources, Pointers, Stories and Other information 

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  1. Neelkamal

    I think Vikram Doctor has pointed at the real reasons for this flawed judgment, in his succinct article “A queer judgment” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/A-queer-judgment/articleshow/27227195.cms?messageid=21028832&intenttarget=no&r=1386820466067)

    Comparing this Indian case with the equally flawed judgment in the Bowers vs Hardwick case of 1986 in the US, Vikram says, “…Perhaps it was as simple as this in the (Indian) Supreme Court. The judges didn’t know any people of alternate sexuality, and so the many cases submitted to them of how such people have suffered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code did not ring as real as might the problems suffered by people they could identify with. Theirs could be a failure of imagination as much as a failure of courage to decide on a controversial issue. This was a case which would have cost the judiciary no more than the simple generosity needed to extend equal rights for all, yet they couldn’t do it…”

    Vikram also says regarding the Bowers vs Hardwick case: “…one judge, Lewis Powell, went with the majority without having any strong feelings on the matter. As he told one of his clerks, he didn’t know any gay people and didn’t feel the case merited more than 30 minutes of his time. (The irony is that the clerk he told this to was gay, but hadn’t really come out to him.) Powell could not personalise the case and so voted with the majority. Years later, in a very rare admission for a judge, he admitted he could have been wrong…”

    Now, here lies the fundamental problem. The honourable judges have absolutely no idea what they are dealing with in this case. They make their ignorance very clear in their comments, where they say something like “hardly 200 people have been jailed so far, so what’s the big deal” or words to that effect. They have missed all the main points here (the victimisation, the bullying, the blackmail by the police, the denial of dignity and human rights, the diabolical misinterpretation of what it means to be gay, the lies, and everything else that matters at a human level) because they simply do not relate to the issue at any personal level of understanding.

    It was left to two individuals to make a decision on something that affected millions of people. The ignorance and indifference of those two individuals regarding this issue — due to their deficiency in the relevant life experiences and due to their inability to exercise imagination and to view the issue while wearing the shoes of the gay community — made them simply pass the buck to the government. “Hey, sorry but we don’t know and we don’t care and we can’t be bothered to try to understand the nuances, but you are free to get the government to do something about it.”

    Now, this is where we can appreciate Obama’s sincere attempts to make the American courts more inclusive and more representative by bringing in suitably qualified people with different backgrounds as judges, who would understand various issues at a personal level and not just in terms of detached legalistic jargon.

    While our honourable judges can probably recite the IPC backwards and sideways from memory while brushing their teeth, they were simply not qualified at a personal level to deal with this issue; it all boils down to something as simple as that.

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Sec 377 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) criminalizes same-sex behavior. In a huge setback to LGBT rights, The Supreme court of India on Dec 11th declared it is constitutional and can only be changed by the Indian parliament.