Thursday, 6 September 2018

Gay S*x No Longer A Crime In India

The Indian Supreme Court decided to decriminalize homosexuals in a unanimous verdict delivered by a panel of five judges.

Previously, homosexuals were punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment on the basis of article 377 of the Indian Constitution, in which sexual activities were prohibited "against the order of nature" and interpreted by the police and courts as homosexuality.

LGBT activists said the law, though rarely enforced, was the basis of systemic discrimination and intimidation of gay Indians.

After reading the first verdict of the case before the Supreme Court, just before noon, India's Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the interpretation of Article 377 to criminalize homosexuality was "irrational and indefensible ".

There were celebratory scenes not only outside the courthouse in Delhi, but also in videos from all over India, as Mr. Misra noted that members of the LGBT community "must have the same rights as any other citizen ".

"Consensual sex between two consenting adults - gay, heterosexual or lesbian - can not be considered unconstitutional," said Misra.

The Indian government left Thursday's decision in the Supreme Court, saying it would neither fight nor support the top five investigators, with the request to reconsider Article 377.

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