A 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman from Rajasthan’s Bikaner had eloped after saying they were lesbians and were in love. The episode triggered protests by Hindu groups
After much strife, the 2018 Supreme Court judgment decriminalised Section 497 of the IPC that criminalised adultery and treated a woman as nothing more than her husband’s property, denudes them from making choices.
The petitioner fears that her partner’s family is buying time to coerce her and make her undergo conversion therapy.
With the decriminalisation of Section 377, kinship patterns among same-sex couples need to be viewed as a historical transformation, wherein the individual’s identity becomes the foundation for forging a sense of unity and...