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Public meeting in Kolkata to protest against the criminalisation of Section 377
The Supreme Court of India on 11th December, 2013 has reinstated Section 377 of Indian Penal Code by upholding its constitutional validity- setting aside the Delhi High Court order dated 2nd July, 2009 that read down the concerned section by restricting its use on consensual private sexual acts of adults.

Amitie' Trust as a Community Based Organisation of, by and for people with non-conventional sexualities and/ or gender non-conformities has been a partner in the countrywide struggle against Sec. 377 of IPC.

On the completion of the 2nd month after the Supreme Court judgment Amitie' Trust has decided to organise a public meeting at Rani Rashmoni Road, Kolkata on 11th February.

The organisation said, "As a result citizen's right to privacy, their bodily integrity, to give consent, to enjoy sexual lives of their preferences - all are compromised with. Since Sec. 377 of IPC criminalises certain sexual acts, irrespective of people's sexual orientation and gender identity any and every citizen is adversely affected by this regressive judgment of the court."

Amitie' Trust added moreover on the basis of too common a misnomer that only people with non-conventional sexualities namely the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transpersons, Hijras, Queers, Intersexed persons practise penile non-vaginal penetrative sex, the stigma and discrimination existing in the society against these LGBTHQI people has been strengthened many fold by this judgment.

They are experiencing increased violence in the hands of their homophobic fellow citizens and also apprehended wide spread harassment in the hands of the members of the law enforcement agencies.
The trust thinks that the judgment has also posed a great challenge to successful implementation of sexual health interventions and increased the chances of widespread sexually transmitted infections by forcing people and their sexual behaviours to go back under cover and restricting their access to condom and other life-saving services.

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