Right to love

Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India: A transformative constitution and the rights of LGBT persons

The decision in Navtej Singh Johar v Union of India, which read down Section377 of the Indian Penal Code on 6th of September 2018 marked a historic victory for a vibrant and vociferous LGBT movement, which for over 17 years had been demanding the repeal of Section 377 of the IPC. The decision itself built upon a history of struggle carried out relentlessly across the country which involved pride marches, protests, demonstrations as well as courageous individual acts of LGBT persons coming out in their workplaces, families as well as in the media.

This primer “Right to love” -published by Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India, and edited by Arvind Narrain- looks at key themes, opinion-wise summaries of the judgment as well as ways the judgment can be used going forward. It aims to provide a roadmap to this judgment so that its implications can be better understood by LGBT persons as well as all those who are interested in human rights and its futures.

Read “Right to love” here.