Here's How A Madras HC Judge Overcame His Prejudice Against The LGBTQIA+ Community - Homegrown

Here's How A Madras HC Judge Overcame His Prejudice Against The LGBTQIA+ Community

In a recent victory against homophobia, Madras High court issued a range of directions to allow the LGBTQIA+ community to lead a safe and secure life in response to the writ petition filed by two lesbian women seeking protection from police harassment at the instance of their parents.

The Judgement passed by Justice Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court showcased extreme humility and acceptance as it required the judge to to admit his “pre-conceived notions” about same-sex relationships.

Justice Anand Venkatesh noted that a societal change is needed in the approach towards LGBTQIA+ relationships and actively engaged in educating himself to overcome inherent prejudices and biases against the LGBTQIA+ community.

 “ I have no hesitation in accepting that I too belong to the majority of commoners who are yet to comprehend homosexuality completely.The society and my upbringing have always treated the terms “homosexual”, “gay”, “lesbian” as anathema. A majority of the society would stand in the stand in the same position of ignorance and preconceived notions.”

— Justice Anand Venkatesh

The judgement was preceded by Justice Anand undergoing voluntarily psycho-educational sessions and interactions with LGBTQI+ people to have a better understanding of their emotions and problems as recommended by the court. The Court’s verdict observed that legislative changes are needed to eradicate the social discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community and to ensure the protection of their life and dignity, reports Livelaw.

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