A week after the five-judge bench of Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex, India's World T20 2007 and World Cup 2011 hero Gautam Gambhir has won the support of the Transgender community by the recent act of his.
The Delhi-born opener broke all stereotypes and wore a 'bindi' and 'dupatta' in a recent event, highlighting his support for the community. The 37-year-old dressed up like this during the Hijra Habba event.
This isn't the first time that the dynamic left-handed opening batsman has come out openly supporting the transgender community. During Rakshabandhan earlier this year in August, Gambhir posted a message and photo on Twitter, where he was getting 'rakhi' tied by a couple of transgenders. His message had read, "It’s not about being a man or a woman. It’s about being a HUMAN.” With proud transgenders Abhina Aher and Simran Shaikh and their Rakhi love on my hand. I’ve accepted them as they are. Will you? #respecttransgenders"
On September 6, the SC pronounced their verdict on decriminalising homosexuality in India. The 5-judge bench unanimously held section 377 (to the extent of sexual acts between consenting adults) as unconstitutional. Section 377 was struck down for acts between consenting adults. Though, other aspects of section 377 - bestiality, sexual offences in absence of consent etc remained unaffected and unchanged.
Every judge concurred with each other, and delivered some really important points of note while delivering their verdict. "I am what I am, So take me as I am, No one can escape from their individuality. Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. The name is a convenient concept for identification. Sans identity, the name only remains a term," said CJI.
Justice Nariman while saying the LGBTQ groups are entitled to protection and should be treated as human beings said, "Homosexuality is not a disorder. Persons who are homosexuals have fundamental rights.”
Justice Indu Malhotra while pronouncing her verdict said that “history owes an apology to this community” as the LGBTQ were forced to “live a life of fear.
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