Activists welcome Delhi hc’s gay verdict
Posted on July 2, 2009
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Gay support groups of Vadodara have welcomed the Delhi High Court’s verdict that decriminalised homosexual relations.
They said the judgment will help solve health issues
such as HIV/AIDS, adding that the abolition of
Section 377 for adults shall also solve several ailments among the weaker segments of society.
Maya Sharma, Parma’s Founder trustee, said: “This judgment is indicative of the changing values of society and will enable further change. Generally, this movement has been seen as western, but in reality, this change would not have been possible without support and participation of people cutting across the religion, caste and age lines.”
Pointing out what kind of legal challenges women have faced recently in the state, Sharma said: “While marriage is almost compulsory for all, when it comes to women, there was a complete lack of choice. Recently in Ahmedabad, a same-sex couple went to the police for help only to be turned away because there was no provision for protection of a woman having a woman partner.”
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