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.