For the longest time in India, HIV was a decease predominant among the female sex workers in India. For decades now, they have carried the stigma and faced the brunt.
Finally, latest study shows new HIV infection are more among gay men and drug users than among females. Hindustantimes issued a new article which gives the latest comparitive figures from 2000 and 2009.
There were 120,000 new HIV infection cases out of which 7.3% were gays and drug users while female sex workers were 4.94%. This data was collected in 2009. In sharp contrast to the data collected in 2000 where out of 270,000 new infection registration 11% were female sex-workers and gays accounted for only 4.3%.
According to Sayan Chatterjee, secretery in the department of AIDS control in the health ministry, the concern now is the estimated 250,000 gay men who fall in the high-risk catagory of infection. The states which were previously saw less prevelance of HIV are now the most vulnerable. States like Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, West Bangal, UP, Rajasthan and Gujrat have more HIV positive men.
The new 5 year plan (2012-2017) would essentially focus more on this states and the LGBT population.
Above is the link to Hindustan Times coverage of the ruling of Chattisgargh High Court in favour of a lesbian couple.
After Khushbu was forbidden by her parents to meet with Neha and was practically a captive in her own house, Neha filed a petition at the court.
Apart from the fact that the court ruled in favour of the girls, it even gave them security protection, which to me is amazing.
What this ruling has done, is given thousands of other LGBT couples hope. And all the credit goes to Neha. If she hadn`t gone to court, people wouldn`t have known that they can get a ruling in their favour. The LGBT community is is now protected by the law.
Another good thing that came out of this ( if I know a little bit about law ) , in such future cases, this ruling can be used as a reference and that is huge.
From decriminalization of homosexuality to court allowing to girls to live together under protection, we are making progress in leaps and bounds. Would it be too early for me to dream of legalization of same sex marriage in the near future?
Congratulations to Neha and Khushbu and our heartiest thank you to the honourable judge.
AMERICA!!!! Maybe its time you learn something from this.