The ban on the practice of ‘curing queer sexuality’ in India

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08/20/2021

The Madras High Court in its June 2021 judgement banned the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in India, bringing protective measures for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the country. The case concerns a lesbian couple who fled from their homes after their parents intimidated them because of their relationship. The families went to police authorities and filed missing-person complaints, after which the couple asked the Court for protection from their family’s harassment and police’s interrogation. To protect the right to dignity, life, privacy, and freedom of choice of the couple by the virtue of the Indian constitution, the high court in S. Sushma v. Commissioner of Police ordered the prohibition of the practice of conversion therapy and ‘any attempts to medically cure or change the sexual orientation of LGBTIQA+ people to heterosexual, or the gender identity of transgender people to cisgender’. Furthermore, the court recommended certain guidelines, ensuring LGBTQIA+ individual’s privacy and constitutional rights are protected.

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