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Panel Discussion: Equality, Dignity and Justice for All: Legal Discourses on Decriminalizing Homosexuality
10 Dec 2018 -  As we mark the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in a landmark decision in respect of Navtej Singh Johar & Others v Union of India case, the Supreme Court of India on September 6, 2018 struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 in so far as it applies to consenting adults, thereby freeing millions from the shadow of India’s colonial-era sodomy law, which led to criminalization of people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The judgment reaffirms that individual autonomy and liberty, equality for all without discrimination, recognition of identity with dignity and privacy of human beings constitute the cardinal principles that form the basis of the fundamental rights enjoyed by all Indians, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Permanent Mission of India is inviting all to a panel discussion with Dr. Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, the lawyers who represented Navtej Singh Johar and other lead petitioners, spearheading this quest before the Supreme Court of India.
The panel discussion will cover issues including the evolution of legal discourses in India on this subject; how the judgment has articulated the developments in international human rights law with the understanding of violations suffered by persons on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and is informing the international human rights dialogue in this context.