The decriminalization of homosexuality in India

22 okt 2018 08:30 09:30 ENG

Vikram Kolmannskog, Jayna Kothari and Arif Jafar in conversation with Siri Gloppen (UiB/CMI)

In this breakfast seminar, constitutional law experts and activists will discuss the constitutional developments arising from the recent ruling, the advocacy strategy in India and the response of the Indian judiciary. What does the decriminalization mean for the LGBTQIA community in India and abroad, and what lessons can other countries learn from the struggle for the right to love in India? 

Vikram Kolmannskog is a researcher on the LawTransform project Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare: Global Battles. He will discuss his research on queer mobilisation in India, shedding light on how the queer movement has worked towards the decriminalization of homosexuality.

Jayna Kothari is the Co-founder, Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bangalore, and he will join him over Skype. Noted LGBT activist Arif Jafar will also give a video presentation discussing the impact of the verdict on the lives of queer people in India. Jafar was one of the petitioners in the case, and was previously imprisoned under section 377 and Kothari was heavily involved in the court case that declared section 377 unconstitutional.

Siri Gloppen, Director, LawTransform, will moderate the seminar.

The event is free and open to all. Coffee and croissants will be served! 


The seminar is organised by the Centre on Law and Social Transformation.

Image: Riya Kumari (Pexels)