Indias National Congress president vows to decriminalize gay sex

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In India, over 1 billion people live in a country where gay sex is illegal. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The National Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, has now vowed to remove the colonial-era law Section 377 that criminalizes homosexuality.In 2012, the Delhi High Court ruled to abolish Section 377 based on an argument of a privacy. That decision was overturned in the 2013 Supreme Court ruling.And ever since, Indians have been forced to live under a rule that states the only form of sex allowed is in the missionary position between a married heterosexual couple.National Congress president vows to decriminalize gay sex in IndiaGandhi made the vow when speaking with trans activist Akkai Padmashali in Bengaluru.Rahul Gandhi is the president of the National Congress of IndiaShe said, during the informal chat, that Congress was in favor of removing the law.This is a similar statement to what some ministers have said in the past. And as Gandhi’s party are not in power, it is unlikely he will be able to impact change in government.Section 377 will likely be decided in the Supreme CourtThe question of Section 377, and whether it will be repealed, will likely remain with the Supreme Court.center_img It is tabled to be heard by the three judges, but a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.Activists are hoping the Supreme Court will rule based on the recent ruling on privacy.In August 2017, the Supreme Court ruled against ID cards.The ruling also stated: ‘The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population cannot be construed to be “so-called rights”…‘Their rights are not “so-called” but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine.’Justice Chandrachud made a statement on Section 377.‘Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual.‘Equality demands that that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform.’In 2016, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor brought the Indian Penal Code (Amendment) Bill seeking changes in Section 377 but it was defeated in the Lok Sabha.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pride in Bangalore, India, where gay sex may soon be legal. | Photo: Instagram via antara.that.owlet What is Section 377? Everything you need to know about India’s anti-gay lawIndia : Homosexual acts are a crime – also in tourismHow India decriminalized gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :

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