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India: Mumbai Police denies permission for Queer Pride Parade!

Saturday 1 February 2020, by siawi3

Source: https://www.sabrangindia.in/article/mumbai-police-denies-permission-queer-pride-parade

Gender and Sexuality
Mumbai Police denies permission for Queer Pride Parade!

Claims they have information that protesters against CAA and NRC will join the pride and raise anti-government slogans.

Sabrangindia 29 Jan 2020

LGBT

In a shocking first, the Mumbai Police have denied permission for holding the Queer Azaadi March 2020. In a written letter they have claimed that permission is being denied because of apprehensions that people protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will join the pride march and raise slogans against the central government.

The Humsafar Trust, India’s oldest LGBTQ organization, that is also one of the organisers of the parade tweeted about the denial on Wednesday afternnon.

As did Queer Azaadi Mumbai, another group that is involved in organizing the pride.

The letter from the Mumbai Police written in Marathi says, “We have learnt that slogans could be raised against the central government in relation to CAA and NRC at this rally. We therefore deny permission for the rally. If a rally is conducted despite this, we will be forced to file charges and take action.”

Mumbai Police

This is heartbreaking for India’s vibrant Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Plus community that has been organizing and enthusiastically participating in the march, a celebration of LGBT pride, for over a decade. Until this year, the police have always been supportive.

Equal Rights activist Harish Iyer, who is one of the many organisers of the march, had sought police permission and whose name appears on the denial letter says, “The pride is intersectional. The queer Muslim man who has no kaagaz to show, the transperson from Assam whose name is missing in NRC. The beef eater queer who gets lynched are all a part of the Queer community. When we walk the pride, we walk with all these identities in us.”

When Sabrang India contacted ACP Nagesh Jadhav, he advised us to speak with Senior police inspector Rajendra Mohite who had signed the letter, saying he had more information. But at the time of publishing this piece Sen PI Mohite remained unreachable. We will update the story with his quote when we have it.

However, an official from the Gamdevi Police Station told Mumbai Mirror, "We told them that the march could give a chance to others to infiltrate and mingle into the crowd and give it a political colour. That will ruin the very purpose of the march. Moreover, if at all the organisers were keen on taking out the march, they should ensure to keep outsiders at bay, which they failed to submit.”