IQA Commends India’s Decision to Allow Consensual Gay Sex

Published: 19 September 2018
Written by IQA Staff

On Sept. 6, 2018, India’s Supreme Court, under outgoing Chief Justice Dipak Misra, struck down India’s ban on consensual gay sex.

Upon reading his ruling, Chief Justice Misra said, “Criminalising carnal intercourse is irrational, arbitrary and manifestly unconstitutional.”

“Punishment under Section 377 made the LGBT a closeted community, destroyed the identity of members and reached their dignity, all part of the right to life. The state has no business to get into controlling the private lives of LGBT community members or for that matter that of any citizen,” further opined Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud.

This decision resonates within our community as quidditch has begun its expansion into India. Rohit Baviskar, Ruturaj Khankari, and Lokesh Runwal are currently working to incorporate quidditch within India and encourage both traditional athletes and those not used to sports to live a healthier life.

“The [Supreme Court] scrapped a 150 year old law or at least some part of it,” Baviskar said on the decision. “But they have just scrapped a part. A more rigorous analysis for the rights of the LGBTQ [individuals] needs to be done, and further protection of their rights needs to be ensured. As of now, gay marriages and adoption are still illegal.”

The International Quidditch Association commends India’s decision and embraces the small changes we see worldwide that bring us toward a more just society. However, it is important to remember that it is just a first step and that there is still a long way to go before there is full equality.

Since its founding, quidditch has always been a socially progressive sport. We welcome participants without regard to gender or sexuality. The continued push for a safer space in a team sport environment, has led to many diverse relationships and to a greater acceptance of those who do not fit into the gender binary. The International Quidditch Association will continue to embrace positive change.

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