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Bollywood show enters fight for Indian gay rights

Ramsey DeHani August 5, 2009
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An Indian television show is to screen an episode on gay rights.

‘Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai’, an Indian courtroom television show, is to include a court case on gay rights in its new series.

It is not yet clear what the storyline will involve, but scriptwriters are currently in discussions with the show’s research team.

The show is a darkly comic courtroom drama that is well-known for dealing with current events.

Manoj Santoshi, a writer for the show, told “Both the subjects are sensitive and as we do not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments thus we are discussing it to the length with our research team.”

A battle for gay rights is currently ongoing in the country after the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexuality last month under the grounds that it violated the constitutional rights.

The move was met with hostility from the country’s conservative and religious groups and was challenged at the country’s Supreme Court by self-styledHindu astrologer Sushil Kumar Kaushal and yoga guru Swami Baba Ramdev.

The Supreme Court refused to give a ruling on the decision and instead left it to the government to decide. No ruling has been given as of yet by the Indian government and the contentious issue has sparked fierce debate within the country.

The Humsafar Trust, an Indian LGBT group estimates that there are approximately 70 million gay, lesbian and trans people in India.

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