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Queer group seeks legal rights for azadi

LUCKNOW: Members of LGBTQ group on Friday demanded civil rights towards the sexual harassment and discrimination faced via them even after the decriminalisation of IPC Section 377 via the Supreme Court in September 2018.

In a panel discussion organised via the Awadh Queer Literature Festival here, the group members demanded that they should be given criminal rights to gain freedom from the regular harassment and bullying they face everyday, the suitable to protect their decision to proportion and bequeath their homes and possessions as they please and the elimination of marital rape exception from rape regulations, which should offer redressal to all sufferers and survivors of sexual assault regardless of their gender.

Akshay Tyagi, a member of LGBTQ group, mentioned, "We have gained freedom from Section 377, but we need freedom from all the other hurdles and harassment we face. Organisations should work towards ensuing our acceptance at work places. We need the right to gain freedom from fear of workplace discrimination, or from being denied a place to live, simply because of who we choose to love."

Writer and queer activist Maya Sharma mentioned a bunch of LGBTQ from Azamgarh was attacked on account of their identification. "The day the news of decriminalising Section 377 came, members and supporters from Azamgarh wanted to come down to Gujarat to meet me. But on their way, they were harassed, bullied and violently attacked because they preferred to reveal their identity," she mentioned.

The panellists mentioned all organisations, public in addition to non-public, should come in combination to take away the discrimination meted out to them. The organisers extensively utilized the event to lift their voice for the Transgenders (Right to Protection) bill be rolled again and reinforcement of NALSA judgement in complete spirit. "This law is draconian in its present form and needs to be changed," mentioned a panellist.

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