The National Medical Commission (NMC), has written to all State Medical Councils, banning conversion therapy of LGBTQIA+ Community and calling it a “professional misconduct”.
- The NMC by following a Madras High Court directive, said that conversion therapy is wrong, under the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquettes and Ethics) Regulations, 2002.
- The LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or of any other orientation) are the people who don’t identify with cisgender (sex assigned at birth) heterosexual “ideals”.
- The ‘plus’ is used to signify all of the gender identities and sexual orientations that letters and words cannot yet fully describe.
- In India, the LGBTQIA+ community also includes a specific social group, a distinct community: the Hijras.
- They are culturally defined either as “neither men, nor women”, or as men who behave like a woman.
- At present they are referred to as the Third Gender.
- Supreme Court, on 6th September 2018, decriminalised section 377, which titled homosexual relations as “unnatural offences”.