LBGTI Rights and Schools

LBGTI Rights and Schools- Perspective from Schools in Delhi

Students of Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar launched an award-winning LGBTQI Awareness, Sensitization and Rights Campaign called Breaking Barriers in April 2013. They impart information about people with alternative genders and sexualities; create empathy, understanding and tolerance; and champion equality in rights for all.

25 dedicated peer educators from Classes 10-12 conduct workshops on LGBTQI issues. They have received rigorous training by CREA, a well reputed international gender rights organization. The Naz Foundation has also supported and endorsed the campaign.

The Breaking Barriers team received media recognition when they were the only students present at the Delhi Queer Pride Parade and at the protest against the reinstatement of Section 377 of the India Penal Code.

This report, prepared by the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET) at Jindal Global Law School, aims to determine and analyse the impact of the landmark judgment of July 2, 2009 by the Delhi High Court on the lives of sexual minorities in Delhi. The Court's judgment was in response to a petition challenging the constitutional validity of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalised consensual sexual activities between homosexual adults conducted in private. In the judgment, the Honourable Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar held that Section 377 infringed upon fundamental rights under Articles 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution of India, and declared the section to be unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalised private consensual sexual activity between adults.