LGBT Rights in India: The Status Quo
Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, India
Volume III, Issue IV, 2020
The idea of human rights rests on the centre of thinking that all humans are equal. All humans have dignity and thus should be treated equally. Anything that undermines that dignity is a violation, as it violates the principle of equality and gives way for discrimination. Homosexuality is one of the most debated issues in the world which raises the question on human rights. People around the world become the prey of violence and discrimination only on the basis of who they love and how they look. The year 2018 ushered a ray of hope for the LGBT community who has been fighting a prolonged battle for their rights, and finally, homosexuality is decriminalized in the judgement of the Navtej Singh Johar case. While the laws have changed but violence and discrimination against the LGBT community still persist at the hands of state machinery is evidence to the low status it actually grants to the LGBT community. In India same-sex marriage is still a far-fetched dream. We must look forward to the International statue for the attainment of the real objective of the Constitution i. e. All citizens are equal. There is a need to reform the society, to amend the underline thinking that it is no taboo or some mental condition and to make everyone believe that human rights stand for all.
Keywords: Homosexuality, LGBT, India, Section 377, Transgender, Human Rights, COVID-19.