Black Day for Human Rights in India

Human rights activists across the country are deeply disappointed with today’s decision of the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation to overturn the historic Delhi High Court judgement of 2009, which decriminalised homosexuality in India. CREA believes that today’s decision to set aside that historic and progressive judgement is an unconscionable blow to people’s fundamental rights to equality and freedom from discrimination, violence, and harassment. This is a huge setback not just for the LGBT movement in this country and elsewhere, but also for human rights everywhere.

Today, the Supreme Court judgement has upheld Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial law that makes criminals out of thousands of consenting adults in India. This judgement ignores the spirit of inclusiveness, which is at the heart of the Indian Constitution, as envisioned by the founders of this plural and diverse democracy. It tragically abandons the principle of constitutional morality - the principle that subjective moralities or majority views cannot be allowed to marginalise and exclude minority communities. In the long history of the Supreme Court’s judgements that affirm human rights, this judgement marks a low point where the fundamental rights of citizens have been contracted, and stands together with the decisions upholding the Emergency and Mathura rape case.

Unjust as this decision is, our collective struggle and activism for all people’s basic human rights will continue, and is newly re-energised. The wheels of history are in motion, both in India and on the larger global stage, and the movement for LGBT rights and equality will move forward. Fundamental human rights are not conferred by any court, as the Delhi High Court stated in its judgement in 2009, they are merely confirmed by them. Despite today’s judgement, it is CREA’s unwavering belief that “the arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice”.

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Reproductive Health Matters Hindi Edition on "Repoliticising Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"
Issue #7, 2013
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COUNT ME IN! CONFERENCE
16-18 April 2011, Kathmandu, Nepal


Conference Overview
Day 1 - April 16, Day 2 - April 17, Day 3 - April 18

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Conference Papers, Program Booklet, Publications, Additional Conference Materials

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Research Study on Violence Against Marginalised Women in South Asia
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Abhi Aur Safar Baaki Hai by Kalpana Khare

Yes, No, and Maybe - Reflections on 'Practicing Consent' by S.Vinita and Sanjana Gaind

Ta(l)king Sex beyond English by Meenu Pandey 

Making Choices: The Rhetoric and The Reality by Sanjana Gaind

 


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