Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex

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  1. Viking_UK

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    weird that it's taken until 2009 !!!
     
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    The US did the same only in 2003.
     
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    This strikes me as a landmark ruling for this part of the world.


    First, situate yourself. Here's a map of Inda. Surrounded by Pakistan (and directly west, Afghanistan) on one side, and Bangladesh, Nepal and Tibet on the other, with the People's Republic of China directly to the North.

    http://www.nationsonline.org/bilder/map_of_india50.jpg


    This law is only binding in the capital city, New Delhi, but it's a start.

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    From the Associated Press:

    Court decriminalizes gay sex in Indian capital

    NEW DELHI – New Delhi's gay community celebrated a landmark court ruling Thursday that decriminalizes homosexuality — a decision that could end widespread police harassment and be a harbinger for gradual acceptance for homosexuals across this deeply conservative country.

    The Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual gay sex between adults as a crime is a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. The ruling, the first of its kind in India, is not binding outside New Delhi.

    Hours after the ruling was issued dozens of members of New Delhi's gay community — some with rainbows painted on their faces and others holding signs that read "Queer and loving it" — gathered in the heart of the capital to celebrate.

    "I'm so excited and I haven't been able to process the news yet," said Anjali Gopalan, the executive director of the Naz Foundation (India) Trust, the sexual health organization that filed the petition with the court.

    "We've finally entered the 21st century."




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    VIKRAM DOCTOR, WRITER AND GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST:

    Till now we were considered to be criminals. If a gay couple wanted to buy a house together, it was not possible. No financial institute would even consider them.

    I am not saying they can do this now but now we can start fighting.



    ADITYA BANDYOPADHYAY, LAWYER AND GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST:

    We are elated. It's a path-breaking judgement. It's a historic judgement, it's India's Stonewall.

    I think what now happens is that a lot of our fundamental rights and civic rights which were denied to us can now be reclaimed by us.

    The government has so far been pandering to narrow parochial groups, religious groups but the court order shows that India is ruled by constitutional laws and not by vote-bank politics.

    It's a fabulously written judgement, and it restores our faith in judiciary.


    SCOTT LONG, TRANSGENDER RIGHTS PROGRAM, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH:

    This legal remnant of British colonialism has been used to deprive people of their basic rights for too long.

    This long-awaited decision testifies to the reach of democracy and rights in India.

    British colonisers introduced Section 377 to India in 1860. It became a model for similar sodomy laws imposed on other British colonies, and comparable provisions survive today from Singapore to Uganda.

    Most of the world's sodomy laws are relics of colonialism. As the world's largest democracy, India has shown the way for other countries to rid themselves of these repressive burdens.
     
  5. B_mitchymo

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    This is indeed a great step forward for India. It is a campaign which i believe a number of Bollywood stars and directors have been backing for a while now.

    What i REALLY want to hear concerning gay rights is a change to Iranian law...its about time that they stopped killing gay people and using rape as the official reason to get away with it.
     
  6. HellsKitchenmanNYC

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    A great step forward. Now maybe some Indian guys will actually start putting their pic in their profiles on diff sites and stop w/all this secrecy. Even the U.S. indian guys are very, very guarded. I wish them more personal freedom!
    Cheers for this.
    Oh yeah and someone please send Upen Patel or Hrithik to my apartment. STAT!
     
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    It is indeed good news, but remember (and to bastardise confucius), decriminialisation is but one [more] step on the long road toward the ultimate aim; acceptance.

    Limited decriminalisation based on locality, perhaps more of a shuffle.
     
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