5th July 2024 / Issue No. 37

The Equilibrio Gazette

A brief bulletin for building safe workspaces!

This weekly newsletter is your gateway to staying current on relevant
laws (like POSH, POCSO, Transgender Persons Act, etc.) and the
psychosocial intersections that impact the workplace.

5th July 2024 / Issue No. 37

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In the Spotlight!

Explore ways to build your knowledge and capacity with our team of in-house experts!

India modernizes its criminal justice
system by enacting three new laws:
the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS)
2023, replacing the IPC, 1860 ; the
Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita
(BNSS) 2023, replacing the CrPC
1973; and the Bharatiya Sakshya
Adhiniyam (BSA) 2023, updating the
IEA, 1872.

Stay Current!

~ Spotlighting Landmark Judgments since passing of the Law!


The Kerala High Court emphasized
the need to protect LGBTQIA+
individuals from familial violence,
rejecting the notion that guardianship
is needed. The court recognized that
families often impose control and
discrimination, stressing the
importance of upholding the rights
and autonomy of LGBTQIA+ people.

The Supreme Court of India ruled
that High Courts should not attempt
to change the views or sexual
orientation of couples in LGBTQ+
cases. It emphasized empathy,
respect for identity, and issued
guidelines ensuring protection and
equitable treatment in habeas corpus
and police protection cases involving
LGBTQ+ individuals.

The Madras High Court directed the
state government to create special
employment and educational
standards for transgender
individuals, recognizing them as a
distinct category. This decision
followed a case where a transwoman
was unfairly excluded from
recruitment due to the lack of
specific provisions for transgender

II - Exploring Intersections

The Maharaj Libel Case was a
benchmark judgement that spoke to
the imbalance in power dynamics
between devotees and religious
leaders. Within the context of the film
Maharaj, this article explores the
nuances of the social and legal
implications when it comes to abuse
of power by cult religious figures.

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Here's your weekly food for thought through a Fun Fact or Quiz.

Did you know?

Steven Davies, the first openly gay professional cricketer, came out in 2011?
His courageous decision has inspired many in sports to embrace their true
selves. Team England supported him by fostering an inclusive environment,
ensuring no discrimination, and promoting equality within the team. Davies’
openness and the team’s supportive actions have helped pave the way for
greater acceptance and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals in cricket and other
sports worldwide.

Have a burning question about POSH? Maybe Mental Health at Work, Child safety or DEI&B strategies? Drop us an email with your query and we would love to answer it, in all seriousness.

Curious Cat: With the new BNS regulations now in effect, which section
defines sexual harassment? Has the definition of sexual harassment changed
under the new regulations? Additionally, have the punishments for sexual
harassment been altered?

Answer: Under the new Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita 2023 (BNS), sexual
harassment is now defined in Section 75, replacing Section 354A of the Indian
Penal Code. Penalties remain similar, of rigorous imprisonment up to three
years or fines. Read more

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