Homosexuality verdict will help eliminate stigma: UN

Homosexuality verdict will help eliminate stigma: UN
Homosexuality verdict will help eliminate stigma - UN

NEW DELHI: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Thursday decriminalising homosexuality, the UN said the verdict will help eliminate stigma and discrimination against the LGBTIQ community.

“Sexual orientation and gender expression form an integral part of an individual’s identity the world over, and violence, stigma and discrimination based on these attributes constitute an egregious violation of human rights.

“LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) persons across the world continue to be the targets of violent attacks and are affected by multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity, disability and social status,” the UN said in a statement.

“The UN in India sincerely hopes that the court’s ruling will be the first step towards guaranteeing the full range of fundamental rights to the LGBTIQ persons.

Homosexuality verdict will help eliminate stigma - UN