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Purple Skies, a documentary on the LGBT community of India, will be screened on Doordardhan , which is a progressive step despite the Supreme Court’s judgement on section 377.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is notorious for its targeting of people who have sex with people of the same ‘gender’ or have ‘unnatural sex’. In 2008, Delhi High Court’s decision to rule on the section as unconstitutional was hailed as progressive. Alas, in 2013 the Supreme Court struck it down and recently also blocked a Gujarati film about the life of a homosexual prince, saying that some section of society may perceive ‘homosexuality akin to social evils’. So the documentary Purple Skies about Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ)by Sridhar Rangyan offers a sliver of hope. It talks about the experiences and lives, hopes and disappointments of the LGBTQ community in India.
It has been screened at various film festivals and well-received. Recently Doordarshan agreed to screen the documentary with a ‘U’ Certificate, a progressive step. We can only hope that other mainstream media channels also follow suit. This is just one of the many ways in which we can push back against the regressive laws and decisions by the courts in recent years.
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