Breaking Silences, Celebrating New Spaces: Mapping Elite Responses To The ‘Inclusive’ Judgment
Volume 2 Issue 3 (2009)
This paper analyses the Naz Foundation judgment and the reaction of the Indian society to it from a sociological angle.The initial parts of the paper traces the evolution of gay rights movement as a social movement and the past attempts by this movement to use the institution of law and courts of law as an agent of the social change it sought to bring about. Thereafter,the paper concerns itself with the analysis of responses to the decision by English language media in India, which, the author admits, is a reflection of the view points only of the urban elite section of the Indian population. The paper also discusses the heteronormativity of the Indian society that criminalises and suppresses alternate sexualities and the factors shaping the same.