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Decriminalisation of Section 377: The Navtej Judgment and Why Its References Matter? History of Homosexuality in India (Part III/III)

decriminalisation of section 377

The decriminalisation of Section 377 is made of many moments of courage and activism that came before it. And the Navtej Singh Johar judgment captures those moments by citing the literature which supported same-sex love and LGBTQIA+ activism. Deepanshi Mehrotra writes how certain texts impacted the Navtej judgment and how the judgment is creating an impact today. This article is the third in a three-part series on ‘homosexuality’ in India, its history, from the past and in the making.

How British Imposed Their Idea of Sodomy? History of Homosexuality in India (Part II/III)

colonial history of homosexuality in India

In Part II of a three-part series, the article talks about the infiltration of colonial morals and how the anglicisation of selective religious text polluted the connotation of same-sex love in India. Thus, further inscribing British orthodox morality into the constitution and elsewhere. Deepanshi Mehrotra writes how S. 377 was implemented as a tool of disciplining desire. And even after independence was used for harassment by the police and society alike. 

The Pre-Colonial History of Homosexuality in India: Why Love Is Not Western (Part I/III)

history of homosexuality in India

This article is part of a three-article series that will discuss the history of homosexuality in India in pre-colonial and colonial times and the decriminalisation of Section 377. Historians often reference back to the pre-colonial times when speaking about same-sex love and its prevalence in mythology, vernacular literature and religious text. But many oppose homosexuality based on the reasoning that it subscribes to a western form of living. Deepanshi Mehrotra, in this article, as part of three-article series, will debunk the ‘western idealogy’ argument, countering literary and graphic evidence smothered across India’s monuments and scriptures.

The Barbaric Reality of Conversion Therapy in India: Why Is It Vicious?

conversion therapy india

From 2001 to Pride month 2021, it’s only unfortunate that we bring you an article on ‘conversion therapy’, a brutal practice that continues to be in force in the country and worldwide. Deepanshi Mehrotra uncovers the history of conversion therapy and its abuses on LGBTQIA+ persons. Needless to say, the only thing abnormal about homosexuality is its unacceptance in Indian society.

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Detention Centres in India: Do We Reek of Human Rights Violation?

Three staples for constructing detention centres in India include law, state and ‘illegal migrants’. These, along with bricks, cement and mortar, build suffocated cubicles, cramped by many who fail to prove their citizenship. In trying to establish their linkages with the state and in prooving bloodlines on paper, many succumbed to legal and administrative machinery.
Deepanshi Mehrotra tells the story of violations and confinement and an increasing number of detention centres in India despite COVID-19.

Analysis: No COVID-19 Vaccine for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in India?

Asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, refugees and displaced persons. These are some categories of residents or non-citizens who are unrecognised by the state. Though visible as illegal migrants, their invisibility is jarring in terms of their inclusion in governmental schemes. Despite residing in India for years, most of them don’t have documents to establish their identity. Deepanshi Mehrotra analyses if refugees and asylum seekers will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine. 


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