Gay rights ac­tivists march in New Delhi pa­rade

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Hun­dreds of gay rights ac­tivists have marched in a pa­rade in New Delhi, high­light­ing the con­tin­u­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion they face and de­mand­ing the re­peal of an In­dian law crim­i­nal­iz­ing ho­mo­sex­ual acts. As they marched to the beat of drums yes­ter­day, some pa­rade par­tic­i­pants said much has changed in re­cent years, with peo­ple start­ing to ac­cept them. But others said In­dia’s right-wing gov­ern­ment is against gay rights. Ac­tivists had cheered in 2009 when the New Delhi High Court de­clared as un­con­sti­tu­tional Sec­tion 377 of the Pe­nal Code, which crim­i­nal­izes ho­mo­sex­ual acts. But the judg­ment was over­turned four years later when In­dia’s Supreme Court de­cided that amend­ing or re­peal­ing Sec­tion 377 should be left to Par­lia­ment, not the ju­di­ciary.

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