Hyderabad’s Gay Pride march refused permission
The Hyderabad Police has denied permission to the city’s LGBT rights’ groups to hold its first ever Gay Pride march scheduled for 14th October. The Police says that “there are too many marches these days.”
Aditya Bandopadhyay, a Delhi based activist reported,
“I am sorry to inform you about the blatant state-sponsored homophobia exhibited by the Hyderabad Police when they refused permission today for the Hyderabad Pride Parade. This is just a prior warning. Things will become clearer when actual communique from them will be received on Monday. But time has come for the queer community of Hyderabad (and India) to say ENOUGH…”
Jayati Mathur, a member of a city-based LGBTQ organisation ‘Wajood’ told the Times of India, “We are in talks with the police and would not like to say anything about it until Monday when we will get the official communication. We are sure they must have valid reasons, but we are hopeful of finding an amicable solution.”
Anonymous sources within the city’s gay community have blamed political pressures for the police’s move. One activist told Pink Pages, “Owaisi of MIM (a city based Muslim political group) has threatened the Police Commissioner that they will not allow any gay pride parade to happen in the city.”
Meanwhile gays and lesbians across the country have vented their outrage on social media platforms and have pledged to fight for their legitimate rights.