SNEAK PEEK: India, Where Lesbians “Don’t Exist”

Law in India declares male homosexuality illegal, yet fails to mention gay women. “Lesbians, according to the Indian government, don’t even exist.”

What do exist are the charred remains of Christy and Rukmani, who set themselves on fire rather than endure the verbal and physical abuse stemming from the discovery of their same-sex relationship.

Discover four ways in which India’s LGBT activists battle the dreadfully high rates of lesbian suicide in Ms.’ latest issue, featuring Mridu Khullar’s “Where Lesbians Don’t Exist.” Pick it up on newsstands today, or become a Ms. member to have it delivered straight to your door.

Photo from Flicker user tntblonde under Creative Commons 2.0.


  1. actually it is inaccurate to say homosexuality is illegal in India, especially after the Naz Foundation case, where the Delhi High Court repealed Indian Penal Code 377, and decriminalized homosexuality between consulting adults. Check it out:

    Also, many American state legal codes still have crimes against humanity, anti-sodomy laws in their books, and did you read the recent dissent in the CLS v. Martinez case? I’m pretty sure our country as just as homophobic as the next and I’m pretty sure GLBTQQIA individuals are discriminated against and harassed all over this country.


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