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Section 377 verdict: India Inc is working on more inclusive workplaces

LGBTQ-friendly workplaces and policies are not entirely new, but India Inc has a lot of ground to cover to achieve optimal diversity and inclusivity, write Manavi Kapur and Amrita Singh

Section 377 verdict: India Inc is working on more inclusive workplaces

Hotelier Keshav Suri (left), one of the petitioners in the Section 377 case, celebrates the Supreme Court verdict | PHOTO: PTI

Manavi KapurAmrita Singh
On September 6, the Supreme Court struck down the colonial-era Section 377, effectively decriminalising homosexual relationships. What followed was a series of celebrations across the country, from fashionable soirées to quieter dinners. Jaspreet Singh (name changed on request), a 24-year-old executive who works for a Mumbai-based financial services company, didn’t join any though. He was still preoccupied with concealing his sexuality from his co-workers. “I hear people making homophobic jokes all the time and I don’t think I’m ready to be out to my colleagues,” he says. When he is quizzed about a girlfriend, in classically Indian nosy style, he

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First Published: Sep 28 2018 | 10:33 PM IST

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