India : Raid on gay party an act of moral policing, say activists

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It’s like taking one step forward and two steps back.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Hyderabad, India, find themselves in a similar situation wherein the hard work of encouraging its members to come out of the closet and making others understand the travails of the community better all comes to nought due to one unfortunate incident.

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“It is a classic example of moral policing. On that night, just like in any other typical pub, young people had gathered to have plain and simple fun. The difference was that the young people belonged to a sexual minority group and were targeted [for that reason]. How come the city police do not conduct similar raids on other pubs?” asks Jayathi Mathur, head of Wajood, which works for the interests of the LGBT community. Many also pointed out that the police raid has raised questions about the fundamental rights of sexual minorities.

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