Wednesday, 30 August 2017 23:23

Indian Supreme Court takes a step towards to decriminalize homosexuality

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India may decriminalize homosexual relationships again. Indeed, the Supreme has ruled that Indians have a fundamental right to privacy. This could be a first step towards the decriminalization of homosexuality.

Homosexual relationships were criminalized in 2013 again when they had been decriminalized a few years earlier in 2009.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that privacy was "an intrinsic part of Article 21 [of India’s Constitution] that protects life and liberty."

Moreover, the judge's ruling specifies that "privacy includes at its core the preservation of personal intimacies, the sanctity of family life, marriage, procreation, the home and sexual orientation."

The decision also adds that "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."

All that remains is to hope that the government will follow the directive of the Supreme Court.

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