Queerphobia in syllabus is a ‘serious issue’: Kerala High Court

A division bench with the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly orally remarked that the queerphobic content in undergraduate medical textbooks was a ‘serious issue’ and that action had to be taken immediately. The petition was filed by two pro-LGBTQIA organisations, namely Queerythm and Dish and was represented by Adv. Legith T Kottakkal. Primarily focusing on the curriculum and content of the textbooks, the petition tries to expose the infringement of dignity and constitutional values of individual freedom. This statement from the court at the 3rd anniversary of the partial scrapping of the draconian Section 377 of the constitution that criminalised homosexuality.

The petitioners pointed out that article 21 and Article 14 of the constitution were violated by the content of the medical curriculum as it questions the integrity of the queer individual and incited discrimination against the LGBTQIA+ community. This came as there was no response from the authorities when they were asked to remove the parts that cause disability to ideas of equality that the queer community demands.

Madras High Court had also recently called for a restructuring of the MBBS Curriculum to remove stereotypical representations of the queer identity.

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