Scrap Sec 377, Says LGBT Community
By Express News Service | Published: 12th January 2014 09:18 AM |
Several members from Bangalore’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community gathered here on Saturday to mark the completion of a month since gay sex was criminalised under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
The apex court had reinstated Sec 377 on December 11, 2013, resulting in widespread protests across the country.
Several NGOs, activists and celebrities like theatre artiste Arundathi Nag and film director Kavita Lankesh participated in the protests.
Arundathi Nag mooted for better educational and employment opportunities for the members of the community.
At the gathering, a fact-finding report was also presented on the incident in which 13 members of the community were arrested in Hassan in November last year.
One of the arrested persons was also present and shared the disturbing experience of how the police manhandled them during the incident. The uniform demand at the gathering was that the Parliament must immediately scrap Sec 377.
Activist Akkai Padmashali said she met Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh and submitted a memorandum regarding the matter.