Gay and happy
The Delhi High Court has passed a landmark ruling decriminalizing gay sex between consenting adults.
July 2, 2009 2:48 by Aarti Nagraj
Indian websites and blogs are filled with people gushing about the Delhi High Court’s decision to legalize gay sex. The court said that an existing law prohibiting homosexuality was discriminatory and therefore a violation of fundamental rights under the constitution, reports AFP.
“It cannot be forgotten that discrimination is the antithesis of equality and that it is the recognition of equality which will foster dignity of every individual,” the bench said.
Under the previous law, people found guilty could be fined and sentenced to a maximum 10-year jail sentence.
Although the Delhi High Court’s ruling does not apply to the whole of India, activists claim that it’s a great first step. Writers and supporters say that this is “historic moment” for India, and that it will hopefully set a precedent for other countries to follow.
Do you think this is a good decision? Do you support it? Do you think courts in the Arab world will ever make such rulings?