On September 6, the Supreme Court gave a historic verdict by abolishing Section 377. Take me as I am", says the Chief Justice pronouncing his order on Section 377 . Justice Indu Malhotra said that history owes an apology to the members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights.
The verdict has been accepted by people with open hearts and people are celebrating for the same. LGBTQ Rights Activist Manvendra Singh Gohil has developed South Asia’s first academic module on LGBTQ community. The module titled as ‘Proclivity of Gender: Socio-legal approach to LGBTQ Community' is now a compulsory course in Ahmedabad-based Karnavati University. The course was launched on Monday. It will be studied by undergraduate students of Law and Liberal Studies at the University.
Gohil said, “The idea behind the course is to foster inclusive education and greater social acceptance towards the third gender. It will include topics such as the history of LGBTQ rights movement in India and how it began, provide international references to LGBTQ-rights movements, legal rights, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – a review petition on which is being heard by the Supreme Court, and socio-cultural aspects of the community."
The course will also cover the mental and physical health of people belonging to LGBTQ Community. He said, “Through this course, we will present facts about the community, that are backed by evidence and reasoning to the students to make them understand various aspects of the LGBT community.”
According to the experts, “Discrimination is so rampant against LGBTQ people in the country that they are denied access to basic facilities including healthcare and the right to property, among several others." This course will help people to understand more about the minority community of LGBTQ and will help sensitize them.
Anahita Sarabhai, founder, QueerAbad – an online platform for Ahmedabad’s LGBTQ community said, “Raising uncomfortable issues and initiating conversations around them is also one of the key roles of education, which such a course will fulfil.”
It's a great step indeed!