Why Are Terms Like ‘Lesbian’ And ‘Sodomy’ Still Mentioned As Sexual Offences In Medical Syllabus?

May 21, 2022

Lesbianism is still being considered a sexual perversion in medical terminology which is against the 2014 Supreme Court order.

 

Jeevan Prakash Sharma, Outlook India 

Dr Aniruddha Hazra, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health, University of Chicago, said, “Widely used medical texts continue to perpetuate frank homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia.  While the Transgender Persons Act of 2019 aims to correct this, there needs to be a concerted effort to keep medical institutions at task.

“In addition, sensitisation for queer and trans people is also needed across nearly all medical campuses in India.  These challenges are far from unique to India. Medical schools in the United States face similar struggles in their efforts towards trans-affirmative medical education.”

About the Transgender Person Act, Dr Hazra said, “ The Act is a considerably broad legislation in India offering several protections for transgender and gender diverse persons. However, the challenges remain in the implementation and enforcement of this Act. While this Act is a huge step forward, community activists have not seen much change on the ground.”

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