New Delhi : Struggle to decriminalize the sexual relations between two adults of bean sex with consensus was going on in India for a long time. Many people filed petitions in several courts for a change in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which considered sex of this kind to be a crime. There are many heroes of this change, and in the struggle, 6th of September, 2018 is proved to be historic.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community in India has won the case after a long struggle. The order of the Supreme Court came after the hearing on petitions filed by Dancer Navtej Johar, Journalist Sunil Mehra, Chef Ritu Dalmia, Hotel owner Aman Nath and Keshav Suri and business executive Ayesha Kapoor. Let’s know about these heroes fighting a long battle…
- Bharatanatyam Dancer Navtej Singh Johar
After the Supreme Court has fixed the offense for sexual relations under section 377, Johar filed a review petition in the year 2014. Johar’s petition was handed over to a constitutional bench in the year 2016 for the hearing. The petition said that between Johar and journalist Sunil Mehra, there is a relationship with 20 years. Johar has won the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Best Choreography in 2014. He has also worked in films such as ‘Earth’ and ‘Khamosh Pani’. He is the Trustee of Abhay Trust and is the Director of Studio Abhaya’s. Studios practice functions like yoga, dance, activism, and stray animals.
- Sunil Mehra
Journalist Sunil Mehra is a partner of Navtej Johar and he is also among the activists who filed the petition. Mehra is the former editor of the Indian edition of Maxim Magazine. Now he is a TV producer and filmmaker and also sees the work of Abhay Trust with Johar. The petition filed by Mehra said that Mehra wanted to become administrative officer but he did not attend the final examination of the administrative service because he had all kinds of aspirations about this career in the minds of gay relationships in the country.
- Ritu Dalmia
Famous chef Ritu Dalmia runs a restaurant called ‘Diva’ in Delhi. Many restaurants have been opened under this brand name. She has also hosted a cookery show called Italian food and Traveling Diva and has written many books. Born in Kolkata, Dalmia had told in an article in a famous Indian magazine that for the first time at the age of 23, she feel that she was a lesbian. She also filed PIL against section 377 of IPC, which considered homosexuality a crime.
- Aman Nath
Hotel owner Aman Nath is the co-founder of Neemrana Hotel Chain. He bought the Neemrana Fort Palace of Rajasthan in 1986 and turned it into a hotel. Nath is also a writer. He has written 13 books on art, history, architecture, biography, photography etc.
- Keshav Suri
Keshav Suri is the executive director of the famous hotel chain Lalit Hospitality Group. Under this group there are many fine hotels in many cities of the country. Suri is a vocal LGBTQ activist. He also married in Paris this year with his partner Cyril.
- Ayesha Kapoor
Business executive Ayesha Kapoor is associated with Delhi’s Food and Beverage industry. She took a degree from Clark University in the US and came to India in 1998 and joined the e-commerce sector. Her petition said that when she came to know of her fame, then due to fear she had to leave the career of the business world.