India’s Human Rights Commission calls for ban on gay sex to be overturned
Dec16

India’s Human Rights Commission calls for ban on gay sex to be overturned

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 16 December 2013 15:56 Written by // Cec Busby

India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the Indian government to amend the nation’s penal code to protect the human rights of gay and lesbian people, following last week’s decision by the Supreme Court to re-instate the colonial law banning gay sex.

On Saturday the NHRC called on India’s Government to amend Section 377 of the Penal Code, saying the legislation deprives people of their human rights.

“The NHRC is of the view that all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity should be able to enjoy their human rights,” the commission said in a statement.

“The commission appeals to the government to urgently take all necessary legislative treatment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity so that no one is deprived of their human rights.”

Human Rights activists have described the ruling by the Supreme Court as a step backwards.

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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