Recently the Indian Supreme court overturned Delhi High court’s judgment on IPC377 and had some disturbing clauses in it. Out of many things reasons they cited was that the LGBT were too ‘minuscule’ a minority to be given any consideration. The community is up in arms against the term trying to prove they are not small, but what remains is the word inscribed in the judgment, which is yet to be reviewed. At Maid in India we realized no number is large enough for the government of India. 82% of working women in a slum are housemaids and yet they have no rights, standard wages, legitimacy or recognition of this workforce in our labor laws. 82% of any slum is a very large number, miniscule by no standard – yet, this population is ignored and dismissed. So is the fight for ‘numbers’ really valid?
So, it’s a common theme across India to exploit and deny rights as far as we can. The ‘we’ here is our majority – the majority that vote, have money, and have the ability to create opportunity and rights for themselves. The problem with Sec 377 is that it’s a law that is obstructing the path ahead for LGBT, but the problem with maids is just that no one cares enough to even interpret the law correctly for them. On one hand, I’m disappointed that the biggest democracy failed to recognize LGBT rights, however, on the other hand, at least the country cares enough to talk about it at length!