India’s top court has decriminalized homosexuality.The landmark ruling is a huge victory for gay rights campaigners like Arif Jafar. He is among those who spearheaded the campaign to have the legislation scrapped.
In a unanimous ruling, India's Supreme Court said the criminalization of adultery was a "retrograde step." The judges said the law discriminated against women and gave "license to the husband to use women as a chattel."
The ruling from India's Supreme Court strikes down a colonial-era ban on homosexual sex. The court said the law had become a "weapon for harassment in the LGBT community."
Fundamental rights of the LGBT community in India have been put into the spotlight as the country's top court hears arguments over ending a colonial-era ban on homosexuality. Murali Krishnan reports.
For many gay men in India, a law criminalizing homosexuality has a chilling impact on their lives. They remain vulnerable to blackmail, extortion and sexual assault. Many also live in fear of being outed.
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