The Trust was very disappointed that once again Indian politicians have voted down a bill that would decriminalize homosexuality
March 13, 2016
The Trust was very disappointed that once again Indian politicians have voted down a bill that would decriminalize homosexuality. As shared in our 2015 report Speaking Out The rights of LGBTI people in the Commonwealth, Gowthaman Ranganathan a lawyer for the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India said ”A confused canvas has been portrayed before the LGBTI community in India. On the one hand the Supreme Court of India has upheld the rights of transgender persons and the other, it has refused to declare the anti sodomy law being section 377 of the Indian Penal Code as unconstitutional. Post the Supreme Court decision in 2013 recriminalising homosexuality, the message from the LGBT community was clear that there is No Going Back. The struggles of the LGBT community continue in the court…as well on the streets and our everyday lives seeking justice.” The Trust will continue to support their struggle through solidarity and particularly through Commonwealth advocacy to challenge discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in all Commonwealth countries, particularly the most populous one.