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Tamil Nadu’s LGBTQIA+ rule

Date: 21 February 2022 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments


The state government has made amendments to Tamil Nadu Subordinate Police Officers’ Conduct Rule to prevent harassment of any person from the LGBTQIA+ groups.



  • Amendments have been made in Rule 24C below rule 24B of the Conduct Rules. It asks officials to not harass any person belonging to the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) + Community and the people working for the welfare of the community.

  • However, the officers are allowed to make enquiries as per the procedure established by the law.


Need for amendments

  • The government was acting on an order of the Madras High Court based on a protection plea by a lesbian couple who faced harassment from the police.

  • The government had acted on the order and issued circulars to officers in various hierarchies to sensitise the force in handling issues related to LGBTQIA+.


Similar steps

  • The Madras High Court had taken similar steps when it banned conversion therapy in June 2021.

  • It made Tamil Nadu first state to ban conversion therapies, which are offered by hospitals and religious institutes to “change” the sexual orientation of LGBT people.

  • The court had suggested making changes in the school and university curricula to sensitize students on understanding the LGBTQIA + community. 

  • The court had offered protection from parents and police to a lesbian couple who had fled their homes in Madurai.



  • Activists have suggested that the government should introduce an anti-discrimination policy in the state assembly instead of an order signed by the governor. 

  • They have requested state government to first recognize LGBTQIA+ in police force before issuing circulars for sensitizing officials.