Gay sex is no longer a crime in India

The Supreme Court of Delhi ruled that an old article in the penal code dating from the British colonial era about “sex against nature” was now illegal. Homosexuality has been allowed in 2009, before being banned again 4 years later in 2013. This is a decision that is historic for a country with no less than 1.32 billion people. Indian gays celebrated the announcement by posting on social networks. India becomes the 124th country in the world to repeal the ban on homosexual relations.

The fight against this article was led by several Indian celebrities. According to them, this law was contrary to the national Constitution. This article allowed homosexuals to be sentenced to life imprisonment. However, this sentence was rarely applied. There has been just under 400 jailings in recent years according to gay and lesbian advocacy groups.

India remains a conservative country with a complex caste system. The society always takes a dim view of relations between two men or two women, especially in cities. In rural areas, the phenomenon is worse since this mode of sexuality is considered as a mental illness. It is sometimes even seen as a deviance in the same way as zoophilia.

There is still a long way to go. Hopefully, a future government will not go backwards in the future. Sex between two men or twp women still remains forbidden in 72 countries on Earth.

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