To celebrate the second anniversary of India’s historic judgement to repeal Section 377 and decriminalise homosexuality, the UK is flying a rainbow flag at its British Council premises this week. The UK stands in solidarity with the Indian LGBT+ community and is working with a range of partners across the country to deliver a programme of events raising awareness of LGBT+ rights, with a particular focus on livelihoods.
The UK is committed to non-discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation or gender identity, and actively works to promote equal rights for all globally. The UK is proud to partner with India, as a force for good, to promote and advance LGBT+ rights.
Pictured: Katy Budge, Minister Counsellor, Political and Press, British High Commission. Photo credit: UKinIndia.
Section 377 referred to ‘unnatural offences’ and states that whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
The issue of section 377 was first raised by an NGO, Naaz Foundation, which approached Supreme Court in 2001 for the decriminalisation of sex between consenting adults of the same gender by holding the penal provision “illegal”.
The supreme court of India scrapped section 377 of the Indian penal code on September 6, 2018.
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