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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFrom this day onwards the LGBTQ community in India shall enjoy a life that is no longer closeted or barred from enjoying the basic human rights they have had to fight for, for such a long time. Earlier today, the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual gay *** and scrapped a century-old law from the times of the British Raj, namely Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, and gave a very vibrant section of our community a new lease of life and the hope for a better future. © Reuters The verdict came from the Chief Justice of India who stated that gay rights must be upheld in the country, while Justice Indu Malhotra asserted that history owes an apology to the members and parents of the LGBTQ community who have suffered at the hands of a judgemental society that has overlooked their basic rights and needs for the longest times. The verdict stems from the very need for the whole community to lead a free life guided by the same fundamental rights that every other citizen of India enjoys in the country. This comes as a historic win for the nation and as a sign of better days in the future, where similar structural changes in outdated laws and policies shall protect and empower communities to live freely and without any fear, but complete with pride. © Reuters That said, we would also like to take you through the journey of not only how this sad, almost prehistoric law came to pass in the country but also why it managed to subsist within the system until today: 1. It was during the British Raj in 1862 that Section 377 first came into being. The law decreed that whoever indulges in voluntary carnal intercourse against the order of nature, be it with a woman, man or even an animal shall be punished by law with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a period of ten years along with an imposition of fine. © Reuters 2. Years of legal battle saw decriminalisation of consensual homosexual acts in private by the Delhi High Court in July 2009 and called Section 377 of IPC as unconstitutional, which prohibits a gay person's right to individuality. 3. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court reserved the High Court's verdict in December 2013. The then Justice G. S. Singhvi upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 and put the responsibility of the legislature to decide on the matter. © Reuters 4. However, 2014 brought a ray of hope for the LGBTQ community, when transgenders in the country were declared as the “third gender” and ordered for them to be included under the OBC quota, by the top court's order. It was also stated that they shall have equal rights under the law such as the right to marriage, adoption, inheritance and adoption. 5. The major move towards a better chance for the community happened in February 2016, when the Naz Foundation submitted a curative petition and T.S. Thakur, the then Chief Justice of India ordered for the petitions to be reviewed again by a Constitutional bench. © Reuters 6. Cut to 2018 and in July this year, the five-member Constitutional bench began to hear petitions challenging Section 377. India began to hope that the bench would rectify the mistakes of the Supreme Court and repeal Section 377. 7. Today, on September 6th, the Constitutional bench finally gave its verdict and decriminalised gay ***. They have called for equal respect and rights for the LGBTQ community and for moving towards a better, all-encompassing and compassionate society. © Reuters It's been a long journey but finally, we have arrived and now we can proudly say all love is legal.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsI read somewhere that determination takes you places, excuses don't and I guess it's absolutely right. The world is primarily divided into two parts – one, that is great in getting things done and the other, that is brilliant in coming up with excuses. While most of us proudly move to the latter part of the world, there are some who stick with the former and turn out to be an inspiration for everyone. © Pexels If this wasn't true, then we wouldn't be talking about Walter Carr right now, whose dedication towards his work has left us speechless and has filled our hearts with respect for him. His efforts might mean nothing to some people, but what he did is not something everyone can do. In fact, if we find ever find ourselves in Walter's situation, most of us will probably not do what he did. © Twitter Walter recently joined a company that assists people in moving into their houses. On his first day at work, he was supposed to help his clients Jenny Lamey and her husband Chris, who stayed nearly 20 miles away from his house (FYI that's 32 km). Jenny lives in Homewood and Walter lives in Pelham, Alabama. But, a night before his first day at work, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. But, Walter did not lose hope. He started walking around midnight and walked 32 km to reach the house on time on his first day at work. Moved by Walter's dedication, Jenny took to social media to share this inspiring story. This deserves 1000 retweets! Read this amazing story about Walter, a new bellhop in Birmingham. Major shoutout to the @PelhamPoliceAL officer who lended a helping hand. pic.twitter.com/eLgbAxg4uv — Bellhops (@BellhopsMoving) 15 July 2018 She wrote, “Walter said that he was supposed to help us with our move today. The officer proceeded to tell us that the previous evening, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. So he left Homewood at MIDNIGHT and started WALKING to Pelham on 280. He WALKED ALL NIGHT.” The cops picked him up in the morning and took him to get breakfast and after knowing his story, brought him to Jenny's house. The couple asked if he wanted to take some rest, but he declined the offer and started working. Reportedly, when the company's CEO heard this news about his new employee, he was extremely proud of him and drove to Walter and gifted him a 2014 Ford Escape as a reward. We guess, hard work does pay off and the reward sure is great. Source: Inquirer
Tom Cruise poses in front the Eiffel Tower during the world premiere of the film "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" in Paris, France, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS: Tom Cruise on Thursday attended the red carpet premiere of the latest...