Durga Puja speaks for homosexuals, transgenders

A Durga Puja in south Kolkata has become significant as it has taken up the marginalisation of homosexuals as its theme, in wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict decriminalising homosexuality. The plight of homosexuals and the transgender community will be highlighted with the use of medical instruments such as saline bottles, tubes and bandages, which will symbolise the mental wounds inflicted on homosexuals by society, puja committee members of the Barobagan Cultural Association in Behala said. When visitors walk through small corridors, life-size clay models with loudspeaker cones in place of heads will great them. Through them, recordings of human voices resembling taunts and jeers faced by homosexuals and transgenders will be played. Inside the main pandal several wooden cut-outs of a face with the combined features of a goat and a man will be placed opposite the dais, upon which the main idol will be located. These cut-outs are meant to symbolise a scapegoat. “Homosexuals and transgender people are often made scapegoats by society. These cut-outs represent their ordeal,” Upashona Chatterjee, the artist constructing the pandal , told The Hindu . The main dais, where the Durga idol is placed, will have several saline bottles and tubes hanging from the wall of the pandal . Signboards with ‘Is homosexuality a crime?’ written in Bengali with red ink will be placed on both sides of the dais.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/durga-puja-speaks-for-homosexuals-transgenders/article24959005.ece

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