ABOUT THE CENTRE
Centre for Research in Policies and Advancement of LGBTQIA+ Community is an independent research centre established to work for the upliftment of the LGBTQIA+ community through policy-centred research and discussions. This initiative is the brainchild of a few undergraduate law students who wish to start a dialogue in this direction and work towards an inclusive future. We aim to bridge the gap between the policies for the LGBTQIA+ community and the community itself through our intensive multidisciplinary research. The centre also aspires to connect community with the two distinct dots of research and activism through its threefold approach comprising of research, advocacy and outreach.
The Ethics Committee is constituted with the intent of making CARPAL an inclusive organisation which respectfully serves the LGBTQIA+ Community. All members of CARPAL who are members of the Community shall be ex-officio members of the Ethics Committee. The said Committee shall seek to ensure that CARPAL as an organisation never encroaches the platform and space belonging to the Community. Further, taking into consideration the ethical and moral challenges posed by research, especially in research on the LGBTQIA+, the committee would also ensure the sanctity of ethical boundaries involved therein. Thus the Ethics Committee would also act as an oversight mechanism in every research project undertaken by CARPAL in the future.
CARPAL, as a research centre, in line with its objectives, would seek to engage with the existing legal framework and policies as well as strive to make recommendations and suggestions to that end. With a macro-level approach vis-à- vis law and policy recommendations for the community, we will not only aid in the growth of literature but also help in the advancement, protection, and furtherance of the community in India by aiming to bridge crucial research gaps in LGBTQIA+ literature in India.
The centre will be working actively to achieve and sustain an inclusive environment where the supreme ideals of human rights of all are respected in the society; where everyone can live with dignity, equality, liberty, and freedom.
WHAT DOES CARPAL DO?
RESEARCH All the members of this centre will collect reliable, evidence-based data on policies and on-time occurrences in the field of interest of mistreated communities, and produce guides which would be crucial resources for maintaining equity, dignity and liberty of choices for all, regardless of whatever sexual orientation they belong. The centre shall continuously strive to create path-breaking scholarly discourses and shall add to the existing literature. The centre aims to undertake advance study and research in the existing and emerging areas of LGBTQIA+ community.
ADVOCACY The centre would work towards achieving a healthy environment for the said community. It shall endeavour to educate the masses and protect the rights of the community belonging to any and every Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The centre shall work to provide constant support to the community across all strata of society. Centre aims at voicing the concerns and creating a safe space for the community by supporting them academically and socially. The centre shall also work for the upliftment of the community.
SENSITIZATION & OUTREACH The centre would raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ rights issues through media platforms and physical presence in and around the campus by conducting sensitization programmes, awareness drives, social events, study circles, nukkad-natak, and any other rightful means. Considering the current awareness and knowledge people have of the said issue, it is imperative to educate them. The centre through its objective of Research shall create and provide literature to various individuals, institutions, organisations, and groups. The centre will also seek to collaborate with various other centres, committees, organisations, and institutions in and around campus.
WHY DO WE NEED A CENTRE LIKE CARPAL?
To address and contribute to reducing the crucial research gaps
The Supreme Court’s landmark judgement in the NALSA and the Navtej Singh Johar cases jurisprudentially laid down the foundation and recognition of the LGBTQIA+ community in India. A slow and sporadic development has been observed in the progress of the community after these revolutionary judgements. Despite these landmark judgements, the literature (in terms of extensive research) on the community remains underdeveloped due to the existence of many crucial research gaps that need to be filled. Some of these research gaps lie in comprehensive protection and enablement laws and policies, gender neutrality in existing legal provisions, provisions for the community in personal and family law and measures for social integration of the community amongst others.
Hence, there is a critical need of addressing and researching these issues and their research gaps as the dearth of literature and resources on such issues inhibit the growth of the community and limit the possibilities of comprehensive solutions for the betterment of the community. An expansion in research on these issues as well as their research gaps could provide much-needed resources and valuable information for the development of the community in India.
To reduce the dearth of existing literature and redress its insufficiency to bridge research gaps
There is a significant dearth of literature on the aforementioned issues and the like especially in a country like India where the community has only recently gained basic recognition from the court of law. It is pertinent to note the tremendous efforts put in by various NGOs and research centres to not only help the members of the community but also contribute towards research has led to a growth of the community and its literature. However, the existing literature is still insufficient to bridge complex policy-oriented research gaps with wide scaled repercussions on an entire community.
Hence, there is a pertinent need to contribute to the existing LGBTQIA+ literature in India to address its insufficiency to bridge significant research gaps.
To bring forward in light the challenges and discrimination faced by the deprived community
The prevailing social stigma and backlash, as well as the orthodoxy in the Indian society, have not only oppressed the members of the community but also inhibited much-needed policies and steps in the interest of the community. Further, there is a significant need for spreading awareness and knowledge of equal rights and opportunities for the marginalized community. Through spreading awareness, we would seek to curb the adversities faced by the community, safeguard their basic rights and establish an environment of equity, dignity, and liberty in our society.
Hence, there exists an immediate need of extending our support for the advancement of the community by spreading awareness and raising their voice against the discrimination and prejudices they face in their daily lives.
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