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Transgender board hopeful about positive change

ANI  |  Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] 

and Association of Bengal and Member of Board, on Monday hailed the decision of the Supreme to review the contentious of the

Singha while asserting that issues pertaining to sexuality are difficult to deal with, said it will be a major task to bring reform as most Indian politicians are uncomfortable on gender-related issues.

"This is a positive step for us. However, I am quite sure that a change in this area will take time as a majority of politicians are not comfortable with and sexuality issues. Moreover, in a country where women are not respected the way they should be respected, to think about 377 is a very big deal," Singha said.

"I appreciate the judiciary for taking a step in this direction and I am hopeful that something positive will come out of this initiative," Singha added.

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, earlier in the day said it would reconsider of the (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality.

The matter will now be referred to a larger bench to re-examine the Constitutional validity of

Earlier in 2009, the Delhi High had decriminalised Section 377, but the order was later set aside by a Supreme-bench.

The controversial Section 377 bans sexual activity that is 'against the order of nature'.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 18:30 IST