For the first time in India, the country’s ‘Workplace Equality Index’ has been rolled out for employers to check their progress on inclusion of people from LGBT+ communities at the workplaces.
Workplace Equality Index
The index has virtually announced winners from among 65 companies who had shared their data on their employee diversity as well as inclusion practices.
It is to note that the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) has been introduced two years after the apex court read down Section 377 in 2018.
The IWEI has been brought as the reference for Indian industries by hotelier-activist Keshav Suri via his non-profit Keshav Suri Foundation. Suri has partnered with FICCI, Stonewall UK and Pride Circle for this.
The index has been brought after covering nine major areas that are employee lifecycle, policies and benefits, allies and role models, employee network group, monitoring, senior leadership, community engagement, procurement and additional work.
Section 377 of the IPC:
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a section of the Indian Penal Code introduced in 1861 during the British rule of India. Modelled on the Buggery Act of 1533, it makes sexual activities “against the order of nature” illegal. On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India ruled that the application of Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex between adults was unconstitutional, “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary”,but that Section 377 remains in force relating to sex with minors, non-consensual sexual acts, and bestiality.