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Arundhati Katju
Most Creative People 2019

Arundhati Katju

Independent litigator and advocate, Supreme Court of India | New York

Most Creative People

Arundhati Katju is an Indian lawyer who fought for LGBT rights by successfully campaigning to overturn India’s Section 377 law, which rendered all sexual activities “against the order of nature” punishable by law in September 2018. Katju along with another public interest litigator Menaka Guruswamy decided to have individual LGBT Indian citizens approach the court and not institutions like nonprofits or advocacy groups in an effort to humanize LGBT Indians to the court. The ruling has already made a difference to LGBT Indians: Lower courts now cite the ruling to send local police—who previously were using the penal code to keep same-sex couples apart—to protect gay citizens from intimidation from their families or communities.

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