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India’s Law Minister slams Supreme Court’s decision to bring back ‘archaic’ anti-gay law

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  1. Straight Ally 12 Dec 2013, 12:11pm

    Whilst it is clear that there are a number of backward conservatives in the Supreme Court, it’s clear that there is hope and there are more liberal progressives in power than one might think. Hopefully, if nothing else, the Indian government will be embarrassed into de-criminalizing homosexuality after the backlash that both should and will follow. It’s such a shame that a developing country is still so far behind in struggle for LGBT rights, but we will win one day as the march becomes inexorable.

  2. Aclearly delineated timetable to overturn this savagery is essential.

    if there is no concrete timetable to remove this barbaric law within 2 weeks then trade sanctions need to be imposed on India.

    Does anyone ever use an Indian call centre. People in Britain need to pit pressure on British companies to close their Indian call centres while this law is in place.

    1. Were you advocating sanctions so stridently before 2009 as well, SteveC?

  3. Derek Williams 12 Dec 2013, 12:30pm

    The governments of all free countries should give official travel warnings to gay couples planning to visit any place where they could be arrested and jailed for being in a same sex relationship. With India and Russia rejoining the list, there are now 78 such countries where homosexuality is illegal.

    Imagine now if you go with your partner on a holiday to India, book a hotel room together, and the next thing the hotelier calls the police, and you find yourselves inside a jail for 10 years.

    It is also possible that if two heterosexual people of the same sex who are not partners share a room they too could be suspected of homosexuality, and face arrest. The onus would then fall on them to prove they were not in a same sex relationship.

    1. Imagine now if you go with your partner on a holiday to India…

      I expect it would be little different from visiting India before 2009. I hadn’t heard of foreign gays being affected by this archaic law, had you?

    2. Calm down, dear!! It’s almost as though you want all these arrests and jailings you talk about so often to happen, and once again you’re all ‘don’t upset the applecart’.

      Also, it shouldn’t be down solely to governments to tell people where to go and not go, what to do and not do – people have their own responsibility to be informed about the choices they make around where to visit, where to spend their money etc.

      How many examples, pre-2009, can you come up with where gay or straight people have been subject to these laws? India is a very popular destination for travelers and back packers, has been for a long time, and I can’t think of a single one.

    3. GingerlyColors 13 Dec 2013, 8:01am

      Russia has not (yet) recriminalized homosexuality but their anti gay ‘propaganda’ laws have made it difficult to be gay there. What India has done in one fell swoop is far worse than what Russia has been doing over the past few years.

  4. “sex against the order of nature”

    This phrase applied in a derogative sense to homosexuality expresses a prejudiced “moralising” view based on ignorant religious superstition and is not a view backed by scientific field research or factual evidence.

  5. It’s good to see such important people taking a public stance on the repeal of s377. With any luck it will now happen, and in a way that can’t be questioned or overturned.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Dec 2013, 1:28pm

    What I find so appalling is that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it’s a matter for India yet when it comes to matters like Syria and other trouble spots, it sees fit to intervene and make pronouncements in support of the spread of democracy in that part of the world. Hypocritical and in my view, it has more to doing business with India than anything else, to hell with basic human rights.

    1. Lion in Winter 12 Dec 2013, 1:34pm

      I wonder that the current statement has something to do with the history Britain and India share. This time, Pontius Pilate has washed his hands…

    2. In fairness Robert, some 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict (and still there’s doubt as to how to intervene). It’s not really the same thing, especially given that s377 was law until 2009 without any particular international fuss being made over it.

  7. I was lucky enough …1 day away from booking my flight to that primitive country for my 15 days holidays . I cancelled it ,and got all my hotel bookings refunded . Teach them a good lesson .Dont trust these politicians ,they will take ages to change there rules . They play games .Cancel all your holidays to india . They dont like gays so they are not getting our money .By the way i am going Thailand same dates .

  8. Good to see this, and it’s a hopeful sign that this situation will soon be remedied. I commend the Congress Party for its swift response to this appalling decision.

  9. GingerlyColors 13 Dec 2013, 8:08am

    India’s Parliament needs to act fast and repeal that antiquated law if they are to avoid a rough reception at next year’s Commonwealth Games. It is in that country’s best interests to continue the progress it had made up until 11 December 2013 if they wish to avoid boycotts and sanctions. The anti-gay propaganda laws in Russia have been highlighted a lot on mainstream news bulletins, particularly in the run-up to the Winter Olympics at Sochi but what India has done is far worse. India is home to 1,200 million people, more than all the other Commonwealth countries combined and therefore their retrograde decision to recriminalize homosexuality should be given particular attention in the media. Unless their politicians pull their tripe out and step in where their courts have failed then they will not be welcome in Glasgow next year.

  10. Frank Boulton 14 Dec 2013, 7:11am

    Shocking as the Supreme Court’s ruling was, it contained words, which strongly encouraged the repeal of Section 377. The fact that a number of India’s politicians have expressed the need to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency offers hope.

  11. Why it was required !

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