“Oh! Take a gander at the Hijra!! Aae… you anomaly of nature.” Hundreds of dirty looks and thousand of abuses were hurled at them for centuries. In any case, they survived only for something, i.e ‘respect. ‘After battling for equality, the transgender group was recognized by the Supreme Court as ‘third gender’in 2014.
India’s Hijra community has been a part of the society ever since civilization existed. Their mention can be found in ancient literature such as Mahabharata, Kamasutra. It is said that they were given supreme roles and were the highest authorities in a king’s court.
Things changed after the Britishers vanquished India in the mid-nineteenth century. Colonization brought Section 377 that criminalized their existence. They were outcasted from the mainstream society. With no means of employment, begging and sex work were the only options to survive. As years passed by, the society continued to look at them as a freak of nature.
In the wake of battling since ages for one ‘desirable life,’ the NALSA judgment brought a historic change. The judgment confirmed that the fundamental rights granted under the Constitution of India will be equally applicable to transgender individuals, and gave them the privilege to self-distinguishing proof of their sex as male, female or third-sex.
Short movies and documentaries have constantly assumed an essential part of the support and bringing change. One such is ‘The Transition’. Directed by Anwesha Brahma, the narrative exhibits lives of the Hijra community of the eastern state of Odisha. It sets up the opposite side of the lives of the transgender where they lead an existence with indistinguishable expectations and desires from some other person. Here is the trailer.
Anwesha’s group has made a stride ahead in helping the transgender group to gain visibility and change the outlook of the Indian society. Eminent personalities like Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and Mira Parida will be a part of the programme, going ahead.Here are the details
Venue- Sathya Sai International Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Date- Monday 26th March 2018
Time- 7 PM
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In a landmark statement, the Supreme Court of India has accepted a fresh writ petition filed by 5 well-known LGBTQIA namely Navtej Jauhar, Sunil Mehra, Aman Nath, Ritu Dalmia and Ayesha Kapoor. The case that was earlier referred to a two-judge bench will now be referred to a larger bench to review its constitutional validity. The petitioners have raised larger issues of privacy, equality and expression.
What is Sec 377 of the Indian Penal Code?
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Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment of life or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend up to ten years and shall also be liable for fine.
Decoding Sec 377 – Everything you want to know As per the colonial law of 1860, any form is intercourse, other than peno-vaginal penetration between a man and a woman is termed is considered unnatural. Anal and oral are is a punishable offence. Therefore, the LGBTQIA community is the sufferer here.
“Choice cannot be allowed to cross boundaries of law but confines of law can’t trample or curtail the inherent right embedded in an individual under Article 21 of Constitution,” says SC.
Earlier in August 2017, the SC had criticised Sec 377 by calling sexual orientation an important aspect of the society. India is amongst the fewer democratic countries that criminalises same-sex relationships.
The LGBTQIA community is now hopeful and awaits the landmark judgement.
A sprinkle of hues in the city, wearing their best and all grins! This is the means by which Mumbai’s LGBTQIA Pride Parade resembles. It’s January 2018 and the pride month has commenced going full speed ahead.From panel discussions to queer theatre, Mr. Gay World finale to flashmob and free hugs, the schedule is full of around two dozen unique occasions/events, culminating in the Pride on 3rd February 2018.
It’s 2017 and the Indian judiciary still considers the LGBTQIA people group as a ‘minuscule minority’. Does that have any effect on their lives? Queer Azaadi Mumbaiis a collective of LGBTQIA groups/individuals in the city that organizes Pride March each year.
Queer pride march 2017, Picture Courtesy Qgraphy
Inclusivity is one of the significant focuses that the community has taken into consideration over the last two years #AccessPositive is the thing that they unequivocally have confidence in. For the second year in succession, QAM and its event organizers have ensured that the pre-pride events and the pride are open to the differently-abled persons. The group incorporates sign language interpreters to help them at events and mobile taxis to ferry them. The mainstream society might not be very accepting but rather the group comprehends their torment and is growing sensitive towards their issues.
What’s all the more intriguing is the theme this year. Inspired by the 75-year-old Quit India movement and to bring issues to light against the colonial law, 377 Quit India is the current year’s subject. Adding further to the movement, the Pride begins from the August Kranti Maidan where Mahatma Gandhi had propelled the Quit India Movement in 1942.
Despite the fact that section 377 has influenced the group to some extent, it has become bigger and has grown stronger throughout the years. Mark your calendars for February 3. It is the day to walk with ‘pride’. NO FEAR! See you there!
Images from Queer pride march 2017, Picture Courtesy Qgraphy .