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  • The Supreme Court Collegium recommended that senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal be elevated to the role of judge to the Delhi High Court.
  • This would make Kirpal the first openly gay judge in the country.
  • India decriminalized homosexuality in the country in 2018.

India is set to appoint its first openly gay judge.

The Supreme Court Collegium recommended that senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal be elevated to the role of judge to the Delhi High Court, which would make history in the country if approved. 

However, Kirpal has been passed over for the elevation approximately three times since 2017, according to Business Insider India.


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“The fact that my partner of 20 years is a person of foreign origin is a security risk is such a specious reason that it leaves one to believe that it is not the whole truth,” Kirpal told the Indian Express in April. “That is why I believe my sexuality is the reason why my candidature has not been considered for elevation as a judge.”

Kirpal received a bachelors of science with honors in physics from St. Stephens, Delhi University before he went on to study law at the University of Oxford. He also authored the 2020 book, “Sex and the Supreme Court: How the Law is Upholding the Dignity of the Indian Citizen.” 

India decriminalized homosexuality in the country in 2018.


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Published on Nov 16, 2021