‘HC verdict on gay sex show societal acceptance’
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Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012, 18:51
  
New Delhi: There has been greater societal acceptance and decrease in police harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after the Delhi High Court's landmark verdict of banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a report said.

The research by Haryana-based Jindal Global Law School has found that the High Court's judgement passed in July 2009 on decriminalisation of gay sex led to "increased self- confidence" of LGBT members and there has been a positive impact of the verdict.

"There is a growing societal acceptance for Gay, MSM and Kothi men. Many respondents (LGBT members) stated that the societal perception of homosexuals is changing and people were treating them with respect," said the report of a research team from the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET) at the law school.

The study, first of its kind after the High Court's verdict, assumes significance as the Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petition filed by anti-gay rights groups challenging High Court's verdict of legalising gay sex.

Gay sex was earlier a offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code punishable upto life imprisonment but the High Court decriminalised the act among consenting adults done in private.

"It is evident from the study that decriminalization of section 377 has led to increased self-confidence and self-acceptance amongst the respondents. Some respondents also reported that they could now argue with the police since they know there is no section 377 in the law books any more," the report said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 18:51


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