A daylong workshop to sensitized the Judicial members on issue affecting MSM, HIV and Human Rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community was held on Staurday at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh. The event was organized by Mumbai based NGO The Humsafar Trust in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh Authority.
Highlighting the gathering on objectives of the workshop, Advocacy Officer, THT, Tinesh Chopade informed that workshop is to create awareness about gender equality, setting up stage interaction between MSM community and authority beside addressing the issues of Human Rights of sexual minority community and to increase knowledge about needs of victims.
While stressing on the challenge being faced by the LGBT community in Indian society, he opined that most of the LGBT community usually have to deal with pressures from society to be heterosexual, to get married. Besides being isolated from the society they have to face discrimination in jobs and accommodation sometime that led to the depression and suicidal ideation.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Lawyers Collective-Mumbai, Suraj Sanap emphasized the participants on various Rights and provision for LGBT community under Indian Panel Code 377 along with Developments, Challenges and existing responses.
Earlier, District & Session Judge ,Yupia cum Member Secretary Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Service Authority (APSLSA) Budi Habung lauded the team The Humsafar Trust for organizing such workshop in the state. ‘such information need to be discuss and have to hive proper platform so that people living with such situation would get proper assistance & support both practically and Legaly’ said Member Secretary-APSLSA.