Good News from New Delhi!
The Delhi court ruled today to decriminalize homosexuality in New Delhi. They said that treated consensual gay sex as a crime is violation of human rights prescribed in India’s constitution. Although this will only apply in New Delhi, India’s capital, it is the first of its kind in the country and represents a great advancement.
BBC has reactions from activists in India, expressing both elation at the decision and identifying practical improvements it will make in people’s lives.
This is a long-awaited and incredible judgement.
The judges in their verdict spoke about inclusivity, equality and dignity. They spoke about a vision of India as an open, tolerant society and to hear all this from the Delhi High Court was amazing.
For me, most importantly people who are afraid to come forward will be able to do so. It is very difficult to reach out to HIV-positive people.
Also families who use this section to scare their children and get them married forcibly won’t be able to do so.
This ruling will contribute in making society’s attitude more positive. Cases of police harassment may reduce. I have seen people driven to suicide. I hope this decision gives more confidence to gay people to come out, be less afraid.