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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:29

India Refuses To Decriminalize Homosexuality Again

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In India, the bill to decriminalize homosexuality was rejected by members of the government again.

Indeed, in 2013, we were saddened to learn of the re-criminalization of homosexuality. In fact, it is a law that existed beforehand, it dates from the colonial Empire, 1860 exactly, but which had been suppressed for a long time.

An attempt to cancel the law had been submitted to Parliament in December but unfortunately it had won little support since the bill was rejected by a 71-24 vote.

This time, the bill submitted by Congressman Shashi Tharoor could gather much more support because a lobbying campaign had been conducted, but it was not enough. This was a big defeat and also a big disappointment since the bill has garnered even less support than in December, rejected by a 58-14 vote with one abstention.

Tharoor expressed regret criticizing the legislation as being totally archaic and asking India to enter into the twenty-first century.

"It is time to bring the Indian Penal Code into the 21st century.

"Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was enacted in 1860, and criminalises "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" - a term so archaic that it would invite derision in most modern societies," he wrote.

It's so frustrating because India advances in the recognition of gender and oddly it remains blocked on homosexual relationships.

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