Jayna Kothari, Executive Director of CLPR and Advocate, Supreme Court, had represented transgender rights activists, Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Sanaa and Umi Umesh, in the Supreme Court on Section 377 challenge case. Deccan Herald carried Jayna’s piece today where she analyses the key themes the Court relied on to read down Section 377.
The September 6 judgement of the Supreme Court on Section 377 has unleashed an outpouring of joy, support and tears in the country. Not only are the LGBT activists, community members, lawyers and supporters of the movement rejoicing, indeed the entire country is celebrating the win. The Supreme Court’s decision comes as a beacon of hope and indeed the “rainbow in the clouds” in these times, as Chief Justice Dipak Misra put it, signalling a move for acceptance and respect for all persons and to a more inclusive society where diversity is celebrated.