In September 2018, following a long and arduous battle by rights activists, India’s Supreme Court voted to strike down Section 377 of the Penal Code, a piece of legislation from the colonial era that criminalized sexual acts considered “against the order of nature”. The Mittal Institute has invited two of the most prominent anti-Section 377 campaigners – and key architects of the legal challenge – to campus, for a discussion about the importance and impact of the Supreme Court’s decision.
Menaka Guruswamy is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer at Columbia Law School. She also practices law before the Supreme Court of India.
Arundhati Katju is a JSD candidate at Columbia Law School and also an advocate practicing at the Supreme Court of India.
Jacqueline Bhabha is FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.