The UN , under the guidance of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had decided last July to extend employee benefits to partners of homosexual employees of the UN organisation (to put them on par with partners of heterosexual employees). Russia, a country which is notorious for its persecution of the homosexual community within its territory, moved a resolution against this decision. India together with 43 other countries supported this Russian resolution stating that no consultations had been conducted on the issue. While the Russian resolution was defeated with 80 countries voting against (and some such as Singapore, which have similar laws pertaining to homosexuality as India deciding to abstain), the Indian stance has kicked of controversy with many criticizing the retrograde step.
Newsclick interviewed Dr. Himadri Roy, Professor, Gender Studies, IGNOU to discuss India's decision to vote against extending employee benefits to homosexual employees of the UN and what this means for the LGBT community in India. Himadri talks about the discrimination that the LGBT community faces on a daily basis and whether and how this can be changed. Himadri further critically analyses our judiciary's attitude towards the issue as shown by its decisions concerning Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code as well as its acknowledgment of transgenders as a 'third gender'.