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Will the World’s Biggest Democracy Finally Let Gay Sex Go Unpunished?

India may be the globe’s largest democracy, but a 150-year-old rule on the books certainly appears to limit individual freedom: the one that makes same-sex sex a crime. Now, an effort to repeal it: “India is one of the few professed liberal democracies in the world that still has such a law. The others are mostly Islamic or authoritarian, and even China lifted its ban in 1997. Successive governments have long argued that Indian society is too conservative to accept repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code — under which sex ‘against nature’ is punishable by up to ten years in prison. India’s leaders have come under increasing pressure in recent years from activists who say that the law, introduced in 1860, violates civil liberties and encourages the spread of HIV by forcing homosexuals underground. The new Government that took power in May after the Congress Party’s surprise election victory has indicated that it is ready to change the law, which is at present being challenged in the Delhi High Court, according to Indian media reports.”

By:           editor editor
On:           Jun 30, 2009
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  • 7 Comments
    • Tallskin
      Tallskin

      And further to this all the religions in India have united against homosexuality being legalised!

      “Religious groups in India have warned they will oppose any move to legalize homosexuality as the federal government prepares to hold talks on a law that classifies same-sex acts as crimes.”

      http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/06/29/india.antigay/index.html

      Jun 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dantalion
      dantalion

      i hate this stupid argument, its the same one they use here in singapore! “Society is too conservative” Bull Sh!t!

      Jun 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Once again, religion tries to destroy what God has created.

      Jun 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock
      strumpetwindsock

      Of course some people are going to oppose it.
      How about we think positive.

      I think this is a great turn of events and hope they manage to repeal it:
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Govt-mulls-repeal-of-law-against-homosexuality/articleshow/4709249.cms

      Jun 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Favre
      Favre

      Gay indians are gross, lol

      Jul 1, 2009 at 2:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tallskin
      Tallskin

      And today the Indian High Court has declared the anti gay laws discriminatory and has effectively declared them illegal

      so gay sex in India is now decriminalised.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8129836.stm

      Jul 2, 2009 at 8:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • evinu
      evinu

      I am Indian, happily married, blessed with 2 most beautiful kids aged 2 and 6.

      This is what I going to say. (Shout rather)

      GOVERNMENT HAVE NO BUSINESS TO PEEK INTO ANY ONCE BEDROOM.

      What one do in his sex life is his own business.

      Considering who progressive Indian govt where in gender equality and right to info act, why cant they just do away with a piece of legislature that is very very anti Indian constitution?

      Jul 24, 2009 at 10:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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