“If there is one constitutional tenet that can be said to be underlying theme of the Indian Constitution, it is that of ‘inclusiveness’. This Court believes that Indian Constitution reflects this value deeply ingrained in Indian society, nurtured over several generations. The inclusiveness that Indian society traditionally displayed, literally in every aspect of life, is manifest in recognising a role in society for everyone. Those perceived by the majority as “deviants’ or ‘different’ are not on that score excluded or ostracised. Where society can display inclusiveness and understanding, such persons can be assured of a life of dignity and nondiscrimination.”
— Delhi High Court Judgement on Section 377, 2009
Even as we fight the overturning of this remarkable judgement by the Supreme Court in 2013, let us come together and celebrate the day the Delhi High Court stood with it’s people for rights, justice and dignity. Let us stand together against the hate and violence that has been unleashed anew since the return of the oppressive section 377 into the law.
We call all those who believe in equity and rights for all to come join our happiness and our struggle on the 2nd of July 2014 at Jantar Mantar as we reclaim our rights, our dignity and our nation. Let us celebrate the past and prepare for future struggles by sharing our stories, songs and lives.
Date: 2nd July 2014
Time: 4 PM onwards
Venue: Jantar Mantar. Parliament Street