On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India ordered the Central government, state governments, and union territories to stop discriminating against the LGBT community.
Chief Justice DY Chandrachud led a five-judge Constitution bench that declared that governments must make sure the LGBT community is not subjected to discrimination when obtaining goods and services.
“Sensitise the public about queer rights, Create a hotline for the queer community. Create safe houses for queer couples,” the chief justice said.
The five judges bench of the Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice S Ravindra Bhat, Justice Hima Kohli and Justice PS Narasimha, also ordered that inter-sex children are not forced to undergo operations.
The bench further stated that no person shall be forced to undergo any hormonal therapy.
Additionally, the Supreme Court ordered the police to refrain from calling members of the LGBT community to police stations just to find out their sexual orientation.
The bench ordered that the police should not force queer persons to return to their natal family and should conduct a preliminary enquiry before registering an FIR against a queer couple over their relationship.
The Supreme Court is pronouncing its much-anticipated verdict on pleas seeking legal validation for same-sex marriage today.
The Central Adoption Resource Authority’s (CARA) policy that prohibited gay and single couples from adopting children was overturned by the court earlier today.
The Chief Justice Chandrachud said that it cannot be assumed that only “heterosexual couples can be good parents”.
Following a ten-day hearing, the five-judge bench had reserved its decision on the pleas on May 11. Senior activists Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Raju Ramachandran, Anand Grover, Geeta Luthra, KV Viswanathan, Saurabh Kirpal, and Menaka Guruswamy, among others, spearheaded the petitioners’ efforts to recognize a union that would guarantee LGBTQIAs lead “dignified” lives alongside heterosexuals.