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Indian High Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex

The Delhi High Court is considering whether to make gay sex legal in India, the world’s second most populous country. This morning, anti-gay rights advocates told the court that legalizing gay sex would increase the spread of HIV & AIDS. Advocate H P Sharma told the court:

“There is an increasing tendency of homosexuals in India to indulge in group sex. What is even more disturbing is that in the name of HIV/AIDS control, they try to get safe places for carrying out perverted sexual practices on a collective scale. Homosexuality will adversely affect the public health and in the name of thrill, enjoyment and fun the young shall walk into the trap of homosexual addiction. The tragic aspect of this is that alcohol, drugs and disease are the natural concomitants of homosexual activity.”

The court rejected arguments made last week that gay sex causes bodily harm after gay rights advocates showed the bench World Health Organization documents refuting the claim. The opposition countered that no study had been conducted in India on the matter, but the court replied “Human beings are same everywhere.” Gay sex is illegal under Section 377 under the Indian Penal Code and offenders can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Nov 17, 2008
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  • 8 Comments
    • Inertia_90
      Inertia_90

      I hope it passes. Indian culture is actually rather tolerant of alternative sexuality. That law is really just a remnant of British rule.

      Nov 17, 2008 at 10:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D.bARR
      D.bARR

      I mean really….do we think that laws prevent anyone from doing anything they really want to do? Laws like these are absolutely and utterly ridiculous!

      Nov 17, 2008 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Smokey Martini
      Smokey Martini

      @D.bARR:

      That’s exactly it, D.Barr!

      Laws have never been able to eradicate behaviour – no matter how heinous the act. Rather, they are used to criminalize people who commit acts that are considered to be against social norms, and to deter others who, for whatever reason, have the urge to commit them.

      Nov 17, 2008 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clive
      Clive

      What really baffles me is why is the accompanying picture that of the National Gallery of Modern Art???? Where’s the connection exactly????

      Nov 17, 2008 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles J. Mueller
      Charles J. Mueller

      >legalizing gay sex would increase the spread of HIV & AIDS. Advocate H P Sharma told the court:

      And legalizing same-sex marriage would bring about an increase of illegitimate babies.

      Both statements are an equally absurd postulation.

      Nov 17, 2008 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Inertia_90
      Inertia_90

      @Charles J. Mueller: How does he figure that about the illegitimate babies?

      Nov 18, 2008 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • abhi
      abhi

      I checked out some hindu texts and found tht gay and transgenders in india have been tolerated and had their place in indian society,, some were even considered divine… its just colonial govt. tht made these laws….. and anti gay activists r now tryin 2 giv al sorts of absurd reason 2 stop this mordern change india so requires..

      Nov 20, 2008 at 4:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MAWIYA
      MAWIYA

      My name is Mawiya I’M muslim but I don’t care about it. I fully keen to do gay sex any time. Now Im seeking some gay could you cooperate me in this regards.

      Nov 21, 2008 at 3:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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