SC ruling on Section 377: Activists react

Updated: Feb 03, 2016, 10:48 IST | Maleeva Rebello

Following Supreme Court’s decision to refer plea against Sec 377 to a five-judge bench, mid-day spoke to a few gay and Equal Rights activists. Here’s what they said

Manvendra Singh Gohil
In the true sense this is curative, a cure for injustice has been taken. The world is watching and this is a progressive step. I am optimistic that good is around the corner. A new avenue for human rights has been opened. Humanity has won vs hypocrisy.” - Manvendra Singh Gohil Better known as gay prince who runs Lakshya Trust in Gujarat.

Anand Chandrani
It is a progressive step that accepts the problems with Section 377. Yesterday was a great day. I am eagerly awaiting the passing of the judgment. The hope of people looking at the LGBT community in a new light post this case reopening is a great feeling.” - Anand Chandrani from Sarathi Trust in Nagpur.

Pawan Dhall
I am relieved and happy both at the same time. I have newfound hope in the system that injustice will be set right. The fact that the date of the hearing by the five judge bench hasn’t been decided is sad. I am happy that we are not going home empty handed. Major change doesn’t happen overnight. A change in law will surely change the way gay people are perceived.” - Pawan Dhall, Country Director of Programs and Development of SAATHI (Solidarity and Action against HIV Infection in India) in Kolkata.

Sunil Gupta
It is a happy, victorious and hopeful moment. The next judgment I believe will be in our favour. It is a step closer to getting our dignity of living and fundamental rights. We will be able to live with our partners and get social acceptance and benefits. This means baby steps towards an end to sexual harassment and acceptance. Patience will lead us on in our fight.” - Sunil Gupta, Equal Rights activist from Delhi.

The ruling is a ray of hope. I am hopeful of a fresh hearing. There is ambiguity of when the case will come up, so in that sense, the uncertainly of a date is a let down. Politicians and common people have been more compassionate to us, so there is a change in attitude and support flowing which is good to see,” - says Chandra Moulee, an LGBT activist in Chennai.

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