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'Mediation Can Effectively Resolve Disputes Governing the LGBTQ Community; it Ensures Relationships are Preserved, Privacy is Guarded and Parties are Heard' : Justice Anand Venkatesh

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jun 2021 9:36pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary 'Mediation Can Effectively Resolve Disputes Governing the LGBTQ Community; it Ensures Relationships are Preserved, Privacy is Guarded and Parties are Heard' : Justice Anand Venkatesh

On June 25, 2021, Justice Anand Venkatesh, Judge Madras High Court, spoke at a Lexidem Webinar organised by KD Lex Chambers LLP, ADR ODR International, and Indian Dispute Resolution Centre on the topic of Scope for Mediation in LGBTQ Issues.

He shared his journey that he undertook while writing his 7th June judgment in which he issued a slew of guidelines for the protection of homosexual couples. Sir also looked into the scope of mediation, as the way forward, in addressing issues governing the LGBTQ community.

Ms. Shiva Subbaraman, Founding Director, LGBTQ Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Ms. Chitra Narayanan, Mediator and Founder-Trustee, Foundation for Comprehensive Dispute Resolution, and Mr. Vikas Bhuvana Muralidharan, Advocate and Activist were also on the panel.

The procedure for writing this decision

When asked about the process of writing this judgement, Justice Anand Venkatesh stated that he was destined to write it because this matter came before him as a lunch motion, and the petitioners' counsel requested an urgent hearing, citing a potential threat to the petitioners' life and liberty (a homosexual couple).The Court could have responded by granting the requested relief, but instead, Justice Venkatesh felt compelled to address the core issue and expose his own bias.

"I thought that destiny had chosen me to do this. This case was mentioned to me as a lunch motion. (.....) It would have been possible that I could have just closed the petition by giving directions to the police saying don't disturb them, it is their… Continue Reading...


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