human rights issues
No community should live in a state of fear # Human Rights Protection Asssociation #Shamim Ahmed
Looking at the recent landmark judgement pronounced by the Apex Court it is believed that a dignified life for the transgender community is no longer a distant dream. Having an open mind on this issue that has long been pending is a welcome step. The Supreme Court referred to a larger bench a plea seeking decriminalization of gay sex between two consenting adults. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code refers to 'unnatural offences ' and says whosoever voluntarily engages into physical gratification against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life or up to ten years and shall also be liable to pay a fine. After hearing the plea of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Community (LGBT) the Court said that no community or individual should live under a state of fear. The right to choose one 's partner is a fundamental right. According to a senior advocate one cannot put into jail two consenting adults who engage in unnatural intimacy. There is still a lot stigma and misconception regarding the LGBT community, we need to welcome the change and support one 's sexuality. The State Working President Of West Bengal, Lily Chakraborty feels that the change will not come if we the people of the Country do not accept transgenders. if there is no end to the day to day discrimination we inflict on this community, change will not happen. We need to give these kind of people social and financial empowerment so that they can come out freely without being negatively affected by the society.