In­dia may re­peal colo­nial anti-gay law

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

10 In­dia may be on track for a ma­jor vic­tory for gay rights af­ter the supreme court agreed to re-ex­am­ine a colo­nialera law by Oc­to­ber.

Sec­tion 377 bans “car­nal in­ter­course against the order of na­ture with any man, woman or an­i­mal”, and is pun­ish­able by life im­pris­on­ment.

The supreme court ob­served in 2013 that fewer than 200 peo­ple had been con­victed of ho­mo­sex­ual acts un­der the leg­is­la­tion, but ac­tivists claim it is reg­u­larly used to black­mail and in­tim­i­date LBGTI In­di­ans, and has hin­dered ef­forts to pro­vide pro­tec­tion against HIV/Aids.

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