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Dismantling India’s Anti-Sodomy Law - A People's Journey in India

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Myron Taylor Hall, 277
Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The talk will focus on the 20-year path that led to the Indian Supreme Court’s decision in Navtej Singh Johar & Ors., in which it found that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is unconstitutional. Section 377 was used by the police and others to harass and penalize LGBTI communities in India.  As much as the success of the case was due to the work of lawyers in the courtroom over this time, an important untold story is about a community that was empowered to demand its rights and have its voice heard in the courts. This latter “social life” of the case will be the focus of the talk by a Cornell Law School alumnus who was at the heart of this effort.

Please RSVP by November 8 for lunch. Lunch will be available starting at 12:15 PM.

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