The Supreme Court’s decision to refer to a larger Bench a writ petition to quash Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality, has brought a ray of hope forLGBT community members and activists who have been fighting a long battle for their rights. Several activists and lawyers felt that the years of dialogue, pride parades and petitions had created public opinion in their favour, and only a few people with a “myopic vision” were opposed to the scrapping of controversial law. Dhrubo Jyoti, activist, said he was hopeful that the “draconian law” would go soon. “I am also hopeful that many of us queers will not see this as the end of the fight for dignity, but will fight against the many evils of caste, class, ability, region and politics that continue to shackle us both within and without,” he said.
January 9 / The Hindu