Love is not a crime — Scrap Section 377!
The curative petition for repealing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexuality, will soon be heard by the Supreme Court, and we must ensure the bench of judges know that Indian people care about this issue. Join the campaign to ensure the conversation on equal rights stays alive in the public domain!
Read the entire campaign history here.
The Supreme Court upheld Section 377 which calls for imprisonment of anyone who “voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. This is an outdated 19th century law that is against freedom of choice, right to equality and right to privacy.
Our constitution protects the “right to equality before the law”, and this judgement does the complete opposite. Such clear discrimination is absolutely unacceptable and we must not tolerate it in our country.
Everyone is affected – this law does not apply only to those of a different sexual orientation – the vague and outdated wording is open to interpretation and violates the right to consensual sex in privacy. If we thousands of Indians speak out, the Parliament has power to vote to overturn the Supreme Court.
Sign the petition asking parliament to immediately decriminalise consensual adult same-sex relations.
The Delhi High Court had on July 2, in 2009 decriminalised gay sex as provided in Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and had ruled that sex between two consenting adults in private would not be an offence. But today the Supreme Court today overturned that order in one quick judgement.
The good news is that many Members of the Parliament have come out saying that the Government should decriminalise homosexuality. If more MPs know that this is something the public cares about, we’ll be able to ensure Section 377 gets amended.
Raise your voice to the government to make sure consensual adult same-sex relations is legal. Please sign now.