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Indian Supreme Court declares freedom of sexual orientation a fundamental right

No more discrimination on the basis on the basis of sexual orientation....

In a historic decision by the Indian Supreme Court, on Thursday August 24th, the court granted India’s gay, queer, bisexual community complete freedom to safely express their sexual orientation.

A nine-judge panel declared that every individual’s sexual orientation must be protected under the country’s Right to Privacy act.

"Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual." 

Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform. The right to privacy and the protection of sexual orientation lie at the core of fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution", the judgment states .

Although the focus was on Aadhaar, the judgment included implications for several other issues including sexual rights and freedoms. The judgment further stated “The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be 'so-called rights'... Their rights are not 'so-called' but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine."

Even though the challenge to 377 is still pending in the Supreme Court, this judgment has certainly paved way for overruling 377 and has offered hope to the Indian LGBTQ community.

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After the Pokémon game, the newest teen sensation from the app world is Sararah. An anonymous app built on the premise of ‘honesty’, Sararah allows people to send anonymous messages / opinions to people.

Available on both iOS and Android the app has already been installed by millions of users. This blue background with anonymous messages pasted on it is the newest trend that has been flooding our news feeds since last week.

The intent of the app according to its Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq is to promote honest and frank expression. While the app aims at being a tool of honest expression and is at the face of it a simple messaging app, its anonymity feature is being misused by some as a tool by trolls and for cyber-bullying! There have been reports (in the leading dailies) of users being subjected to not only rude and distasteful comments but also death threats. Considering the user base of the app is largely teens, the app has become a cause of concern for many parents.

These incidences have led several people to doubt the credibility of the app and to label it as a cyber-bullying platform. 

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