India High Court Wants Scientific Justification for Gay Sex Ban

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday demanded scientific evidence and not religious texts as justification for the country’s continued criminalization of homosexuality:

India“The court’s observation came while hearing a PIL filed by gay activists seeking to decriminalise gay sex among consenting adults. Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for the Centre, cited an article which contained quotes from religious texts to justify the ban. Not satisfied with the Government contention, the Bench, also comprising Justice S Muralidhar, asked the government to show scientific proof that gay sex is harmful to society. ‘This is just one-sided version of a religious body which cannot be relied upon. This is part of religious doctrine. Show us some scientific report which says that gay sex should be criminalised,’ a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah said.”

In September, the Indian government reaffirmed its position supporting the criminalization of homosexuality.

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Posted October 15, 2008 at 10:00am ETC by Andy Towle
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