Actress Huma Qureshi says love is not restricted to any gender, and believes it is an individual’s right to choose who they want to love.
“I’ve always believed in freedom of choice and that includes an individual’s right to choose who they want to love. I support the LGBT community because love is free and not restricted to any gender,” Huma Qureshi said in a statement to IANS.
“I’ve often spoken very strongly about civil liberties and equal rights.”
Huma also walked the ramp in support of the community at the recently concluded Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in Delhi. The fashion show brought together over 40 renowned designers including names like Manish Malhotra, Samant Chauhan and Gaurav Gupta to celebrate the power of genderless love and the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Section 377, which criminalised homosexuality.
“This should be treated as a historic occasion where the entire fashion fraternity has come together to cherish love, humanity and equal rights in support of the LGBT community,” she said.
After doing some short films, Huma Qureshi, who hails from Delhi, came into the spotlight with Anurag Kashyap’s dark thriller “Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2” in 2012.
Love is central to friendship on Snapchat in India and the country is among few that hosts large friend groups on the photo-messaging app, the company said on Tuesday.
On average, Indians have about six best friends, while the UK ranks the lowest with just nearly two or three best friends per person. On the other hand, Saudi Arabians have an average of 6.6 score on the larger friend-circle index, revealed a Snapchat survey.
According to the survey, whether in person or online, interactions with friends leave Indians with overwhelmingly positive emotions.
“Loved” (55 per cent in person versus 43 per cent online), “happy” (48 per cent in person versus 46 per cent online) and “supported” (43 per cent in person versus 36 per cent online) are the three most reported.
A third of Indians said their best friend is the opposite sex — more than any other country outside of the US.
While 63 per cent Indians consider “honesty” an important trait to have in a friend, 47 per cent value virtues like “humour” and “lightheartedness”.
“While friendship may be different across regions and age groups, it plays a universally central role in our happiness and we are committed to finding new ways to celebrate and elevate it through Snapchat,” said Amy Moussavi, Snap Inc. Head of Consumer Insights.
Out of nearly 186 million global users, Snapchat has over 11 million users in India. Snapchat is bullish on India and has released a beta version of its iPhone app with support for eight new languages, five of which are Indian languages.
The company made its first product push for the India market in November last year, by launching a localized version of its content discovery platform Discover.
Interestingly, not only do people in India have more friends overall, they also want more, with 45 per cent of respondents indicating they would like to expand their social circle.
In the survey, Amit Desai, a lecturer of anthropology at the London School of Economics, suggested that the approach to friendship differs from ‘the East’ to ‘the West.’
In many Asian countries, including India, “friendship is more relational and focuses on seeking out an array of new and different friends who bring alternative but complementary qualities to the relationship”.
To explore how culture, age, and technology shapes preferences and attitudes related to friendship, Snapchat conducted a global survey of 10,000 people across India, Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and the US.