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Friday, 14 October 2016 22:04

More And More People, Including Minors, Are Arrested In India For Having Same-Sex Relationships

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In 2013, India has criminalized homosexual relationships again and it is now possible to measure the impact of this policy change, particularly in terms of arrests.

Indeed, the National Crime Records Bureau has just revealed the figures. In 2015, 1,491 people got arrested because of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalizes relationships between same-sex people.

Of these 1,491 people, there were 16 women and 207 minors. This means that 14% of these arrests involved minors: 96 were aged between 16 and 18, 100 were aged between 12 and 16, and 11 were under 12.

And unfortunately, the figures are rising as we can see an increase of 17.3% between 2014 and 2015.

We also can see in the data published that LGBTQ people are mainly arrested in the cities of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Adults can face prison sentences of up to life imprisonment while minor risk three years in a shelter home.

A challenge has been launched to decriminalize same-sex relationships between consenting adults. The petition is currently in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Photo from Indianexpress


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