In a landmark judgment in August, India’s highest court recognized the right to privacy as a fundamental right. The decision will have a wide ranging effect on other laws, as it overrules previous judgements contesting the right to privacy. Gay rights activists in India are enthusiastic about what the right to privacy means for the country’s LGBT community, which is specifically addressed in the ruling. “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual,” wrote Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud.
September 20 / PRI