Janata Dal (Secular) pledges support to Sexual Minorities Movement for equal rights

Please find below  a Press Release and the copy of the letter written by Mr Deve Gowda to PM assuring the party’s support to Sexual Minorities Movement for equal rights and justice.
A photo of the press conference is also attached.

Bangalore, 27th December 2013

Welcoming Janatadal (Secular)’s stand on IPC 377:

Praja Rajakiya Vedike welcomes the stand of Janatadal (Secular) in welcoming the review petition filed by the central government challenging the recent Supreme Court of India’s judgement on Section 377 of the IPC. The letter written by former Prime Minister of India and national president of Janatadal (Secular) said that this step of central government of India protects the fundamental rights accorded by our constitution.

The letter also said “Janata Dal (Secular) has been supporting the sexual minorities’ movement for equal rights and justice for a decade. We will continue to support the struggles for human rights.

The laws of the land should reflect constitutional morality and  guarantee fundamental rights to all citizens irrespective of them being a minority or majority. Constitutional guarantees can’t be denied to a section of population just because they are a ‘minuscule minority’. As a secular party we believe that laws should reflect the constitutional ideals and not the narrow-minded views of any section of public based on religion, culture, tradition etc.

If there is a discussion on IPC 377 in parliament, we will extend our support to repeal this outdated and draconian provision, brought to India more than 150 years ago by the colonial British rulers.

Appeal to Bharatiya Janata Party to consider their stand:

We appeal to BJP to reconsider its stand and to extend support to sexual minorities with regard to IPC 377. The main opposition party at the centre should support the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India by reversing its stand on IPC 377.

Amend IPC 377 in Karnataka:

We appeal to all political parties in Karnataka to amend Section 377 of the IPC by excluding consensual sex between adults from the IPC 377. This is an opportunity for the political parties to show that Karnataka is in the forefront of defending sexual minority human rights in India.

Repeal Karnataka Police Act Section 36A:

We appeal to all political parties in Karnataka to repeal Section 36A of Karnataka Police Act, a draconian provision that gives enormous power to police to regulate transgenders.

Withdraw fabricated cases against sexual minorities in Hassan:

We deamnd the Government of Karnataka to withdraw the fabricated cases filed against 14 sexual minority persons in Karnataka.

Appeal to sexual minorities to participate actively in Electoral Politics:

We appeal to sexual minorities to join various political parties and participate actively in the electoral politics. Political participation and political power is central to human rights of any community. As of now there are almost no sexual minorities (who are open about their sexual preference/ gender identity) in the mainstream political parties. This needs to change.

For more information contact: 96322 23460/ 94839 50202

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PRV press conference

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