28 November, 2020

Opinion | The Many Suicides Of Ilaichi.... India's LGBT Are Not Yet Full Citizens

Denial of the right to love still kills young people in India. For LGBT couples, not even the law is fully on their side, writes academician Ruth Vanita

Opinion | The Many Suicides Of Ilaichi.... India's LGBT Are Not Yet Full Citizens

There is an often-overlooked but crucial difference between legal and social discrimination. Even when the laws endow one with equal rights, social oppression may and often does deprive one of those rights. In such a situation, those who are able to obtain legal support can go to court to demand one’s rights. Many people cannot reach the courts and the question becomes one of how to empower them.

But many rights are still legally denied to LGBT people. Most other citizens take these rights so much for granted that they do not even think about them. One such is the right not to be dismissed from your job because of your personal relationship. In 1987, when Leela Namdeo and Urmila Srivastava, two police constables in Madhya Pradesh, married each other, they were suspended from their jobs. This type of discrimination continues today in many job sectors, and forces people into hiding and pretending.




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