On Nov 29, 2016 LGBTQ Nation Reported —NEW DELHI – Hundreds of gay rights activists marched in a parade in New Delhi on Sunday, highlighting the continuing discrimination India‘s LGBT community faces and demanding the repeal of a law criminalizing homosexual acts.
As they marched to the beat of drums, some participants in the annual gay pride parade said much has changed in recent years, with people starting to accept them. But others said India’s right-wing government is against the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Activists had cheered in 2009 when the New Delhi High Court declared as unconstitutional Section 377 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexual acts. But the judgment was overturned four years later when India’s Supreme Court decided that amending or repealing Section 377 should be left to Parliament, not the judiciary.
The law makes gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.