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One battle won, another lies ahead

The Delhi High Court’s verdict legalising homosexuality is a “stepping stone” in the battle for legitimacy, said Mumbai’s gay community.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2009 02:35 IST
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The Delhi High Court’s verdict legalising homosexuality is a “stepping stone” in the battle for legitimacy, said Mumbai’s gay community.

“This is a historic day. It’s been a struggle to get this basic human right for the community in the world’s largest democracy. A very long battle has been won,” said actor and gay rights activist Celina Jaitley at a press conference on Thursday.

Lakshmi Tripathi, head of the Eunuch’s Association, said the verdict provided a platform to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. “The battle starts today. It was tough for Indians to even accept widow remarriage or abolish child marriage. Till today, we had no rights. So this is a stepping stone.”

Added Jaitley: “Cultural revolution has always been met by opposition. The verdict is a leap of acceptance.”

The community is, however, concerned about the implications of legalising homosexuality. “The government will have problems in implementing the law and ensuring that it is not abused. They will have to draft separate laws,” said Jaitley.

“The curtains will now be drawn open,” said Sridhar Rangayan of the Humsafar Trust. “Till now, homosexuals who would get in touch with us, would be scared and secretive. The law will open a new avenue. This is large step towards integration.”