Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
Hundreds of eunuchs from across the state staged a silent protest rally under the banner of Odisha Kinnara Mahasangha (OKM) at the Lower PMG square here on Friday to register their protest against the recent Supreme Court judgement that termed homosexuality a criminal offence.
The OKM members led by their president Meera marched from the Rajmahal square with their mouths covered by black bands.
“The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the state are really disappointed after the apex court criminalised homosexuality in its verdict,” Meera said.
” The LGBTs are a minority community which has the right to live, express and think in its own way. No body has the right to impinge upon another person’s fundamental right,” Meera said, adding, “As citizens of India, as human beings, we have every right to live like others, without having to face undue legal and social fetters.”
“As long as a person’s lifestyle does not affect others, he or she should be allowed to enjoy his life his own way,” Meera said.
Other members of the OKM said they would continue their fight against such discriminatory laws and file a review petition at the Supreme Court and ask the judges to give a serious thought to issues concerning them.
“We will force the government to come up with a law that allows us to live in peace and not turn against us,” one of the protesters said.