India’s Supreme Court Decriminalises Homosexuality
The 6th September 2018, has been haled “India’s day of Pride”!
Section 377 was struck down in 2009 by a court in the capital of New Delhi. Conservatives rallied and brought the case to the national court, which struck down the Delhi decision. The Supreme Court on Thursday made a unanimous ruling to remove part of Section 377, which banned same-sex relations between consenting adults.
Until now homosexual acts were deemed to be an “unnatural offense”, punishable by a 10-year jail term. Section 377, dates back to the 1860s, which banned anal and oral sex among all Indians, but the rules against gay sex were more often enforced. It has long been used as an excuse to discriminate and harass India’s huge queer population; the nation itself has over 1.3 billion people.
Lieu Anh Vu, Asia coordinator at the Geneva-based International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), told Al Jazeera.”It is indeed a historic moment for India, the world’s largest democracy and a global power on the rise”.