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A new report from the US tech company Quicken has found that more than half of India’s software developers say they are uncomfortable with discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Quicken found that over half of the software developers surveyed in India said they had experienced some form of discrimination because of their sexual orientation, and one-third said they experienced discrimination because they were women.
Quicker to write and more confident than other women in India, many software developers in India are now pushing back against what they perceive as discrimination.
India has a long history of social and political discrimination against people who are perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
But the Indian government is trying to change that, with laws and policies to combat sexual harassment and discrimination against women, the Times of Indian reported.
The report comes after a similar survey last year by the India Technology Research Foundation (ITRF), a non-profit organisation that promotes and protects India’s technology sector.
The ITRF survey of over 3,000 developers found that only 11% of them reported being harassed or discriminated against because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and just 3% said they were harassed because of religion.
The survey also found that the proportion of Indian developers who reported that they felt safe online was nearly the same as it was in 2013, but with a slightly higher percentage of those saying they were not harassed online.
The findings echo what other surveys have found in India.
A 2015 survey by the Human Rights Commission of India (HRCI) found that there were more than 1,200 instances of harassment and physical violence against women in the Indian IT sector.
This latest survey comes at a time when Indian lawmakers have passed a bill, which is expected to come into effect next year, to tackle sexual harassment in the country’s tech sector.
The new law will make it illegal to “harass or intimidate” someone based on their sexual identity, gender, race, colour, disability, religion or political opinion.
India’s Minister of Information Technology (IT) Ravi Shankar Prasad has vowed to fight discrimination in the IT sector, and is calling on the country to embrace diversity in the industry.
The law would also require companies to report data on discrimination against users and employees on an annual basis, and will prohibit sexual harassment of staff in the workplace.
“We are proud to have a government that is willing to take this step.
But we need to make sure that our government does not take it as an excuse to discriminate against women,” Ms Prasade told Reuters.
The HRI report comes at the same time that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the US next week to meet with tech executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook.
Mr Modi is also expected to unveil a new policy that will tackle sexual violence in India and will introduce a ban on the promotion of homosexuality in the nation.
India has long been seen as a bastion of progressivism in the world of technology, but the country has recently begun to see more gender equality as it struggles to address the high number of suicides in the tech industry.
India’s overall rate of suicides was at a record high of 979 last year, but many of those deaths were attributed to mental health issues.