The Kerala High Court recently said that families can often become sites of violence and control for LGBTIQA+ individuals who they need protection from rather than guardianship. The court also stated that LGBTIQA+ persons face defiance in society and are subjected to stigma, violence and discrimination from an early age due to societal beliefs and cultural norms. The division bench comprising Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan V and Justice PM Manoj observed while dealing with a plea filed by the parents of a 23-year-old woman. In their plea, the parents stated that their daughter was illegally detained and living in a "toxic" relationship with a person of the same gender. However, the petitioner's daughter told the court that she consciously chose her partner. She also informed the court that her parents forced her to undergo counselling to "overcome" her sexual identity and orientation and labelled them as psychiatric issues. Kerala High Court Says Automatic or Accidental Downloading of Child Pornography Is Not Offence.

HC on LGBTQIA People

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