Press Release: Impulse India urges Prime Minister Modi to break his silence on gay rights

Published: October 30, 2014

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Joseph Griffin
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Impulse India, a forum of MSM Transgenders and Hijra (MTH) community supported by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), that spreads awareness on sexual health, especially HIV/ AIDS among the MTH community members while increasing their access to HIV testing and condom usage in Delhi and neighbouring states, today urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support gay rights criticizing his conspicuous and consistent abstinence from discussing on the subject.

On September 26, 2014, during Prime Minister Modi’s US visit, on a motion condemning violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN passed a resolution opposing discrimination and violence against members of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. The resolution was passed by 25-14 votes supported by countries like USA, Germany, France, UK, Japan, South Korea and South Africa. India did not participate in the voting.

Mr Paritosh Mittal, President of Impulse India and Sakhi Foundation, said that “It is saddening that India missed an opportunity to stand for the rights and dignity of the gay population of India. With an estimated 2.5 million MTH community members, India has one of the largest gay populations in the world yet it decided to abstain from voting on the resolution. The Prime Minister should investigate why India did not take a stand at the UN on an important Human Rights issue.

“With the existing social taboo that an average gay person has to face on a diurnal basis, upholding the Section 377 by the Supreme Court in December 2013 had already stripped us of our basic right to freedom. We are utterly disappointed that India maintained silence on this topic of Human Rights in such a platform. Silence and disregard on these issues on global platforms will not make them disappear but they only accentuate the challenges of our community” said Mr. Qasim, Communications officer of Impulse India and a functionary of Shape India.

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