LGBT Rights in India

Anshika Sharma
Asian Law College, Noida, India.

Volume II – Issue II, 2020

The topic “LGBT Rights in India” has been a debatable topic for a period of many years. The idea of human rights is based upon the concept of equality. It is believed that all the human rights are equally provided to all the citizens. It follows that all humans have dignity and all humans should be treated as equals. The human rights of LGBT are coming into sharper focus around the world. The word LGBT Stands For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender. Earlier these were referred as the Gay Community but later to include other types of homosexual people also, this was named as LGBT. The Preamble of the Indian Constitution mandates justice- social, economic and political equality of status for all.

This article starts with a brief introduction of what is LGBT and who they are. It is followed by the difficulties faced by this community nowadays. Lastly it will focus on the main topic i.e. the rights of LGBT in India and how it became the main concern for the Indian citizens with reference to the 2009, 2013 and 2016 judgment by the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court and the decriminalization of section 377 of Indian Penal Code, 1860.

Keywords: LGBT, Human Rights, Decriminalization


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