Wednesday, July 01, 2009

India decriminalizes homosexual behavior

Originally uploaded by Pierre Conti.
In an historic judgment
the Delhi High Court Thursday decriminalised homosexuality by striking down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

That is a huge, big deal.

It's not like the law was always or evenly enforced in India, but it allowed a lot of leeway for abusive police action. And though it's not like the police in India are never corrupt or abusive even within the law, this is still a huge first step.

India managed to shake off the demands of its religious groups to get rid of section 377. I'm glad there are countries that can still pull that off.