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11th August 1992
ITO New Delhi,
The picture above is from the first protest against the oppression of Queer folks. The protest was led by ABVA ( aids bhedbhav virodhi andolan ). Police repression of gay people was rampant. In 1992, 18 people were arrested from the Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi on the ground that they were about to indulge in homosexual acts; when a delegation of ABVA members went to the local police station an official informed them that they had received written complaints from residents of the adjoining area about the ‘menace of homosexuals’ in the park during evening hours. This park historically was the cruising point for gays since 1940s. ABVA decided to protest the next day at that very park with all of the 18 members participating in it and leafleting. The idea was to show resistance exactly where harassment and arrests were made by the police.
This was followed by a mass protest demonstration on 11 August, 1992 at Police Headquarters, New Delhi. It was attended by over 500 people from different organizations. Civil liberties and democratic rights group also participated. A memo was handed over to the Police Commissioner of Delhi.
In the same year ABVA filed the first petition in Delhi high court challenging section 377, which was dismissed by the court.
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