For Gays in India, Fear Rules ......Blackmailers Thrive Using Law That Makes Homosexuality a Crime

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    Nov 15, 2008 4:39 AM GMT
    ""I really don't want to die. But I also don't want to keep lying," said the 24-year-old, who spoke from a counseling center and asked to be called by his first name. "I feel so trapped. According to the law, my blackmailer can report me and have me arrested."

    That's because homosexuality is illegal in the world's biggest democracy. The Indian penal code describes the act as "against the order of nature" and declares it punishable by 10 years to life in prison, longer than most rape or murder sentences.

    But several human rights groups are now mounting a historic challenge to the law, imposed by the British in 1860, in the New Delhi High Court. The effort to repeal the law is seen as a test case of India's commitment to secular democracy, with some legal experts saying that moral or religious arguments cannot trump constitutional rights in a democratic society. A verdict is expected before the end of the year. "

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    Nov 15, 2008 8:47 AM GMT
    Heard about this from a Sikh friend of mine long ago. And yeah, their sodomy law should REALLY have been repealed long ago.

    They also have the Hijra ('third gender', ranging from true intersex people to transgenders and cross-dressers) population who often face extreme discrimination.
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:52 AM GMT
    More evidence of how evil organized religion really is
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    Nov 16, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    The rule against sodomy in the Indian Penal code is a holdover from the British-when the British ruled India. It is not enforced-except by corrupt policemen looking to make a quick buck. Just as most other violations-most traffic violation in most areas-a few rupees to the cop and you are off...(Although nowadays I think that is better than going through the courts here-the AZ governeor is installing speed cameras all over the state and she has openly said it is to close the buget gap and raise revenuesicon_eek.gif.)
    I do hope they overturn the law...You do have the dumb conservatives railing against it and want everybody living in 19th century values-nutjobs...

    But the hijra thing is part of the mythology-when one of our Gods changed into either a woman or a transgendered-I don't remember the mythology too well. In the northern part of India they are considered good luck and if you have a baby or on other auspicious occasions-they come over and bless you-for a fee of course! Talk about flamboyant drag queens-they take the cake. They roam around the streets and always are in their exagerrated behaviour. They are actually accepted as part of the main stream culture. The only sad part is that there are not enough hijra and so criminal gangs exist that specialize in kidnapping young poor men and cutting off their "crown jewels". They then "sell" these newly created hijra for a big price and these folks now have to spend the rest of their life as a transgered-not out of choice.. That is the really sad part. It is a somewhat established criminal enterprise-not as big as the drug lords but very cruel...
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    Nov 16, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    From what I have read of the Hijra is that gay men are often coerced by their families to become a Hijra. There is no gender identity issue and people just have their genitals chopped off and there ya go, your new life you didn't want.
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    Jul 02, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    India just repeals the ban on gay sex

    By Mansi Poddar

    In what many are calling "India's Stonewall", the New Delhi High Court on Thursday decriminalized homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, by striking down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This law labels gay sex to be an "unnatural offense", punishable with up to ten years in prison.

    Drafted in 1860, this Colonial-era law was brought into effect by the British, and was in line with similar anti-homosexuality legislation passed in England at the time. In the past decade, gay rights activists and lawyers have strived hard to abrogate Section 377, calling it "inhuman", and as the Naz Foundation, which filed the petition to abolition 377 in 2001 argued, a violation of constitutional rights to privacy and equality.

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    Jul 02, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    Here is a completely different veiw of gay life in India:
    In the Name of Love
    /One fault in the name of love