Today (September 6) is a historic day in India. The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark decision today decriminalised homosexuality, which was earlier an offence under section 377. The SCs decision of decriminalising homosexuality has brought joy to India’s LGBT community, which has been striving and fighting for years for their legal and social rights in world’s largest democracy. Against the backdrop of the historic judgement by SC, Nation Next spoke to some of the members of LGBT community in Nagpur to know how exactly they feel after the judgement…
Anand Chandrani, 44, Founder, Sarathi Trust
I cannot stop crying out of happiness! It feels so amazing when a SC judge while reading the judgement says I’m what I’m! His statement resonates with what I have felt my entire life ? I’m a man and I love a man, that’s all! The LGBT community is really overwhelmed with joy today. We have strived hard for years for this judgement. I am so happy to realise that the future generation won’t have to face the problems we faced and they will be able to live their lives freely. It?ll indeed take some time to overcome the stigma in society but I think even that?ll happen for sure.
Vidya Kamble, 31, India’s first transgender Lok Adalat member
The entire LGBT community is very happy today as we finally got freedom! It is truly a historic judgment by the Supreme Court of India. SCs verdict has made us a part of the society. People have always looked down upon us. We have even been suppressed by our families. There have been instances where LGBT community members have been threatened with slapping section 377, blackmailed and intimidated by the police. It is a great day for us and we?ll be celebrating it.
Nikunj Joshi, 31, CEO, Sarathi Trust
Today is a very happy day for me. I feel as if we have gotten independence today! We couldn’t sleep last night as we were really anxious to know about the decision, which has been taken today. This is indeed a remarkable judgment by SC. Section 377 was introduced in India more than 150 years back by the Britishers. The law was abolished long way back in Britain, but it was still enforceable in India. Section 377 has been misused by a lot of people in India to harass the LGBT community. I am really overwhelmed today as we’ve been protesting against the law since the last 13 years. Having said this, I feel, we still have a long way to go. Things like marriage, adoption, etc, among the LGBT community are still not achievable. Also, there’s a need to sensitise the general population about LGBT community rights.
Imran Khan, 29, Fashion Choreographer
I have now gotten wings and I can fly freely! I cannot stop crying! Now, there is no need to hide things and I can be myself. I’m so happy that SC has finally decriminalised homosexuality. From now onwards, we won’t have to pretend to be someone we are not. We won’t have to be ashamed of what we are. If two consenting individuals engage in any kind of sexual activity, it is their prerogative and no one should have a say in it! Today, thanks to SC, we have gotten the basic rights, which should have been given to us long way back. I still cannot believe it and every time I think of this historic decision, I get goosebumps.
Subodh Kanade, 26, Designer and Stylist
I was in my office when I got to know about SCs verdict. I am very happy and I’m on the top of the world right now! Finally, after a lot of struggle by the LGBT community, we have got what should have been given to us long way back. Fortunately, my family has always been supportive towards my orientation. My parents did not change me; instead, they changed themselves for me. I think, today’s decision, will encourage parents to accept their kids the way they are.
Kunal Maind, 30
I am really happy with SCs verdict. This decision should have been made long way back but better later than never! I think because of this landmark judgement, a lot of closeted members of the community will now be able to embrace their individuality without any fear. But I feel, that a lot more needs to be done. There’s still a stigma in the society pertaining to LGBT community. That stigma needs to be dealt with.
Former T20 World Cup captain Gurudas Raut inaugurates DPS MIHAN’s President’s Cup | Nagpur
The second edition of prestigious President’s Cup in Tennis Ball cricket was held in the sprawling campus of Delhi Public School MIHAN from January 27 to January 30, 2023.
2019 T20 World Cup captain Gurudas Raut was present as Chief Guest and inaugurated the event. The tournament is played on IPL format on knockout basis in which 6 teams participated comprising of students from various schools.
Indian cricketer Faiz Fazal, an Indian cricketer was present as a Chief Guest for closing ceremony. Sanjay Badkas, Secretary, VCA
Nagpur and C.D. Manke, Joint Secretary and Chairman of Ground Committee of VCA Nagpur was also present on this occasion as Guests of Honor.
The finals was played between Galaxy Racers and Marvels. Galaxy Racers won the final by defeating Marvels by 11 runs and lifted the President’s Cup 2.0. Aryan Suke of Team Phoenix was awarded the Aranya Kedia Trophy for the player of the Tournament.
Faiz Fazal in his speech, appreciated the efforts taken by Delhi Public School MIHAN by organising the President’s Cup and providing facilities for the development of sports.
Nidhi Yadav, Principal DPS MIHAN highlighted the vision of President and Pro Vice Chairperson Ms. Tulika Kedia who
ensures the best of sporting facilities are provided to the students for holistic education and for psycho-socio development. She also thanked the Director Savita Jaiswal for her constant guidance and support.
As a part of this event, Inter Corporate Cricket Tournament was also organised in which eight teams from different corporate sectors participated. Dr Amit Samarth, the Bicycle Mayor of Nagpur graced the occasion as Chief Guest and handed over the trophy to the winning team.
12-yr-old Nagpur boy dies after trying to imitate a deadly YouTube video
A 12-year-old boy named Agranya Barapatre in Nagpur breathed his last after trying to imitate a video on YouTube at his neighbour’s place. The woman, in the video, is seen demonstrating how she escaped with her hands tied behind, gagged and face covered with scarves. He was found hanging from a wooden ladder’s stick on the neighbour’s terrace but there was no knot on the scarf.
Upon inspection, it was learnt that Agranya had downloaded a video titled ‘Full face cover challenge’ in his phone. Cops said that there was no reason for the teenager to commit suicide but the possibility of an accident could not be ruled out.
Arangya’s mother said the couple had no clue where the scarf came from; he only carried a chakri and a kite. She also revealed that her son usually played on their neighbour’s terrace
Reportedly, Agranya was undergoing a psychiatric treatment as he was a hyperactive kid who wasn’t attentive in studies. He was good with using phones and application so his family tried to keep the phone away from him. However, he would somehow always locate the phone.
Agranya, the only child to his parents, was supposed to be felicitated at his school on Thursday during Republic Day for securing second position at a double-lathi event at the third National Traditional Lathi Sports Championship in Indore.
Post the incident, he was rushed to Government Medical College but was declared dead. Sakkardara Police registered a case of accident death.
President’s Cup 2.0 kickstarts at DPS MIHAN in Nagpur
The second edition of the President’s Cup for Tennis Ball and Cricket was held in the sprawling campus of Delhi Public School (DPS MIHAN) on Friday, January 27. Gurudas Raut, a differently-abled international cricket player, captain of T20 World Cup 2019 and a recipient of many awards instituted by BCCI, ICC and VCA graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the event. Janak Shahu, Secretary, Physically Challenged Cricket Association was also present on this occasion.
Nidhi Yadav Principal at DPS MIHAN welcomed the guests by presenting saplings, which is the tradition of the school. In her welcome address, she highlighted the vision of President and Pro Vice Chairperson Tulika Kedia who ensures the best of sporting facilities are provided to the students for holistic education and for psycho- socio development.
She also thanked the Director Savita Jaiswal for her constant guidance and support. She expressed her gratitude for the benign presence of Raut to motivate the young players befitting to the occasion. She emphasized that he is a perfect role model for the budding cricketers.
Raut in his speech, appreciated the sporting facilities and encouragement given by the school for the development of sporting culture amongst the students. He emphasized that one should explore opportunities and believe in oneself to achieve one’s goal. He mentioned that with will power he could pursue cricket and achieve laurels at national and international level inspite of his limitations.
In this edition, six teams are competing for the coveted President’s Cup. The finals will be held on Monday 30th January 2023.